Busting out of the Box, Making the World Fit Them
Ideas And Tips On How To Raise A Special Needs Child.
This will be a series of articles dedicated to helping parents with children that need a little different approach to handling them. All children are special and in no way are different as far as I am concerned, but there are some children who may need a different way to learn or do things in this crazy world of ours.
I have both personal experience and research experience that I will be putting into these articles to help any parent who is dealing with a special child. I hope that these articles will help many parents to see that they are not alone in this world. Many parents have children that need a little different perspective to handle their world, to make it fit them.
Because it is not only the child that is special but also the parent who was blessed to raise these incredible people that have been put on this earth. I will have tips and ideas on how to help not just your child but also you as a parent. It is not easy raising children at all and you will need lots of patience to teach, learn and grow with your special blessing.
I hope you enjoy my articles and please feel free to leave me any article ideas in the comments section.
My Gorgeous Autistic Great Niece
Changing The World's Perception
Today's world is driven by perception. The perception that every child has to fit into this basic idea of how they should be. Either by weight, shape, build or personality. Well, I say it is time to put an end to that and recognize all children no matter what they look like, what a scale may say or because their personality doesn't match ours...are beautiful!!!!
Special needs children are a remarkable set of human beings who can do extraordinary things on a daily basis. They will have to overcome more obstacles than most of us ever will. We need to promote their achievements and let the world see just how AMAZING they really are.
My purpose of these articles is to help parents learn new ideas and tips that could possibly help them along the way. Hopefully, make more people aware of all the things that a family of a special needs child will accomplish. Because it's not just the child that will make it, the whole family will be working together to make sure they succeed.
Anyone can be a parent but it takes a village to raise a special needs child. Let's start building that village along with them.
Do not ever think you are alone...Many families are dealing with a special needs child. Research your local area and find agencies that can help you get in touch with local groups. Their support can help you get through the rough times you may face.
A good source of information would be your local Early Learning Development Agency. It may be called something different in your town but it is normally the office you would go to register your child for preschool. They are a wonderful place to find out about local support groups that can help you along the way.
Your local Department of Child Services may be able to point you in the right direction. Normally you can find them online and they often provide lists of specialized agencies in your area that hold group meetings, play dates, etc of parents in your area with a special needs child.
Do not be afraid to ask questions. Nobody is prepared when they find out their child is going to need a little different approach to being raised. There is no such thing as a silly question, only a silly person for never asking it to begin with.
Early Detection Is The Key
Getting A Head start
Early detection is the key to helping you and your child the most. There is a genetic test that can be done on an unborn child to determine whether your child may have any type of special needs. These tests are normally only performed if there is a family history of disability or if there is a strong reason to believe that there may be something wrong with your baby.
These screening and diagnostic test are done through a series of blood tests and ultrasound tests to determine if there is or may be a chance of your baby being born with any type of disability.
Having these tests done are very emotional for parents. Many parents want to know what they may be facing ahead of time. Although the tests may not be 100% accurate, they can give the parents a very good idea and head start on what to expect from their baby.
If you are thinking about having this test done but are unsure of what it all means. Most obstetricians can give you the name of a Genetic Counselor that can explain everything to you and give you more insight of what to expect.
Watch Out World....Here She Comes.
What To Expect During Delivery?
Whether your baby is completely normal or is going to have some type of disability, for the most part, your delivery should be pretty normal. The important part will come after the baby gets here. There may be special things that the nurses and doctor may need to do for the baby to assist them in taking that first breath of air. But all your concerns will disappear when you hear your baby cry for the first time.
Depending on whether your baby will have a physical disability or developmental disability, your doctor will know what needs to be done to make sure your baby is safe. Hopefully, your doctor has already gone over the details and procedures that will be taking place one your baby is born. This way you will have a pretty good idea of what to expect, even though anything can happen.
Stay Home Or Go Back To Work?
This is a question that every new parent asks themselves. Should I be a stay at home parent or should I return to work? For most parents, this may be a simple question but when you have a special needs child, it is not that simple.The thought of leaving your child with someone who is not capable of handling them is a scary situation for many parents. Fortunately, there are many different options to help you with that decision.
Many daycares's are licensed and established as a safe place to take your child too. But one question you need to look at is "Are they capable of handling a special needs child?" Do your research on each one you are thinking about. All daycares are required to be licensed and file any type of certified training with the state. Make sure to check with your local state board to verify any license or training that anyone on the staff has had. They can also tell you if that particular daycare has had any complaints against them or bad inspections since all daycare facilities are required by law to be inspected every year. Any information that is gathered by the inspectors is public information and can be verified.
Private Care Takers
If you choose to go the route of a private caretaker either in the form of a nanny, governess or just a personal friend, make sure to do all your background checks properly. Ask to see their license and training certificates.
It is a very good idea for a private caretaker to be first aid and CPR certified. That way if something does happen when you are not home at least they can provide first aid.
You need to make sure that who you hire has the proper education to deal with a special needs child. Whether it be some type of formal schooling or personal verifiable experience, that choice is yours. But make sure to verify everything they tell you. You need to know this person inside and out before you trust them to leave your child with them.
Having a nanny camera is of utmost importance for any family. Even if you get someone you personally know to watch your child. It may seem like everything is okay but for your own peace of mind, you will know for sure.