Parenting Children with Special Needs

At Caring Connections for Special Needs, our Mentors understand the daily challenges parents and primary caregivers of children with special needs require. CCSN wants you to know that you are not alone. Our staff have lived experience and work with your child to help improve behavioral health. We understand that there are a variety of emotions and difficult decisions that come with caring for a child with special needs. There are a few things we want you to keep in mind as a parent and remind yourself.

1. Have a support network in place.

CCSN can provide support for not only your child but also your family. The direct support services your child receives during their time with our Mentors can be reinforced at home. We know children need structure and we want to be sure we discuss every part of their treatment with you so you know what your child is working on improving and how you can continue to help them do this at home. This learning is a group effort and we want you to know that we are here and part of your group. We can also help teach others in your family to become and grow your support network.

2. Self-care is important for you and your familial relationships.

We understand that you are constantly caring for your child’s needs every day. We also know that this can be taxing and that you need to take time for yourself as well. Like the saying goes, “You cannot pour from an empty cup,” you need to make time for yourself. Whether it is a night out for a stroll at a park, a meal at a friend or family members home, date night or even taking time to watch a movie, you need to find the time to enjoy yourself. Remember to take the time for the important relationships in your life.

3. Play time is not just time for your child.

While there are therapeutic benefits to physical activities with your child, such as running, bike riding, and swimming, you can also engage in these types of activities as a family. CCSN knows your child is unique and has their own individual challenges. This is a great way to improve their social and emotional skills and expand their communication abilities during the activity. You can help your child continue to learn and have fun doing so at the same time. You can celebrate whatever milestones your child achieves and cheer them on right beside them as well!

4. You can ask for help.

Often it is easy to get caught up and lost in the hustle and bustle of our every day and ensuring the needs of your child are being met. Parenting does not come with an instruction manual, but you do have resources to help make your life easier. You will have to make decisions for the care of your child and your family. There are community, statewide and national programs in place to help assist you make the best decision for your needs. The options can be overwhelming to take on yourself. CCSN can also help point you in the right direction.

5. Not all heroes wear capes.

You face difficult situations, decisions and problems that may phase others (it’s okay if you occasionally are phased). There are times when you deal with your child’s tantrums and outbursts while in the middle of the grocery store. You go to doctor appointments and work to remember the directions for medications, upcoming appointments, and specialists. You become your child’s chef, sports partner, teacher, and nurse. You are their superhero and your child loves you for being their super hero!

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