Special Needs Parents – Toughest Job In The World

special needs parentsI am just a parent. This statement is echoed by special needs parents worldwide. Just a parent you say? I wish to form a rebuttal regarding that statement. Parenting special needs children is one of the most difficult jobs in the world, and yes, it is a job. A job that has no set hours. Job requirements to be a special needs parent require a willingness to be available to their child 24 – 7. Responsibilities include availability to work under pressure; sleep deprivation, putting a child’s needs ahead of your own, and ingesting large amounts of coffee…extremely large amounts of coffee. This job has no end date and quitting is nonnegotiable.

Five Ways to Ensure your Special Child is Receiving the Right Messages

Special ChildThis week let’s look at No. 1: Understand that developmental or neurological differences make our child different, not deficient. We do not want our child to experience unspoken messages that he or she needs to be cured or fixed.

Perhaps you are a parent who finds herself in agreement with all of the messages teachers, therapists, and other professionals are communicating to your child. If so, congratulations! (And let your team know how much it means) But if, like most parents, you are not sure about the messages your child with special needs receives, this post aims to enhance your perspective by offering a new understanding of neurodiversity-the idea that individual differences are simply part of being human.

Even professionals with the best intentions can send mixed emotional messages to neurodiverse children. As a parent, you can take an active role in making sure that the messages your child receives are positive and helpful. You can help insure that your child learns that being different does not mean being deficient. Here are a few ways parents face these challenges: