All children crave love, care, and attention in order to grow in their life while becoming independent. However, a child with a disability of any kind, like a learning disability or a disabling disease like down syndrome, requires more effort. Therefore, parents and teachers must put more effort into helping a child with a disability reach their potential.
As parents, you cannot cure their disability. However, you can teach them to use their other skills to the best of their ability while also learning to do things they cannot. Use different teaching techniques while still providing them with a normal life by doing simple things, like playing with toys.
Understandably, as parents of a child with a disability, you might be stressed about the unknown. However, don’t let it cloud your judgment; ask for help when needed, like talking to experts or reading books/articles on how to help them. Here are a few tips to make life better for kids with disabilities.
Tip 1: Become an expert
Keep researching and be up-to-date about the developments happening in disability programs that can help your child. For instance, if your child has ADHD, help your child be better in studies and general by educating yourself about their disability and how to help them best. Take charge of your child and provide them with emotional and physical support. Don’t let tests, studies, or societal norms get you or your child down.
Tip 2: Take help from experts
Every parent wants to provide the best for their child, regardless of their disability. However, it’s not a bad idea to take help from experts who can help you and your child manage their disability without making them conscious. For example, if your child has a learning disability, they might prefer private tutoring specific to their needs. It allows them to learn from someone who understands their situation and is okay with working at their pace.
If your child is visually impaired, an expert can teach them to read, write, and do other things that you cannot. Of course, your support is necessary, but an expert can help them do better, which you can take on after that.
Tip 3: Play with them
No matter the disability, every child wants to play, and playing time also helps them learn new things. Not sure what you can do with children with special needs that also allows them to learn? Don’t worry! Here are a few examples:
If your child has mobility issues, try making a ball with them using cloth. Then figure out how you can play ball with the child. It will help them be part of regular activities and keep them happy too.
Children with ADHD require playtime that uses their energy while teaching balance and other motor skills. So, try including games like skipping, hula-hooping, trampoline jumping, and more.
Tip 5: Focus on teaching one skill at a time.
Children with disabilities will feel overwhelmed if you start teaching them multiple skills at a time. They devote all their energy to learning, so teaching them many skills at once will hurt them.
For instance, if a child has cerebral palsy, learning to sit upright in a chair takes up half of their energy. So, if you are trying to teach them to sit and stand simultaneously, you are putting pressure on them that they cannot handle.
Tip 6: Don’t treat them differently.
Children with disabilities often feel bad about their issues and are insecure too. Thus, as a parent or teacher, you should make extra efforts to make them feel as normal as you can. This will allow them to mingle with other children better.
Tip 7: Never force anything on them
Specially-abled kids never like it when you force them to do things they cannot do. For instance, a child with mobility issues will like the pressure of playing outdoor games. Or a child with dyslexia will feel overwhelmed if you continue to pressure them to read. Give them time, and understand them when they say no.
Children with disabilities are special, no doubt, as they face many daily challenges. However, proper care, specific therapies, and love can help them reach their potential and do the impossible.