child care - parentign and family

January 8, 2007 6:39am CST
One Term, Many Definitions: "Special Needs" is an umbrella underneath which a staggering array of diagnoses can be wedged. Children with special needs may have mild learning disabilities or profound mental retardation; food allergies or terminal illness; developmental delays that catch up quickly or remain entrenched; occasional panic attacks or serious psychiatric problems. The designation is useful for getting needed services, setting appropriate goals, and gaining understanding for a child and stressed family. Minuses and Pluses: "Special needs" are commonly defined by what a child can't do -- by milestones unmet, foods banned, activities avoided, experiences denied. These minuses hit families hard, and may make "special needs" seem like a tragic designation. Some parents will always mourn their child's lost potential, and many conditions become more troubling with time. Other families may find that their child's challenges make triumphs sweeter, and that weaknesses are often accompanied by amazing strengths. Different Concerns: Pick any two families of children with special needs, and they may seem to have little in common. A family dealing with developmental delays will have different concerns than one dealing with chronic illness, which will have different concerns than one dealing with mental illness or learning problems or behavioral challenges. This Parenting Special Needs site devotes sections to the following specific issues: medical, behavioral, developmental, learning, and mental health.
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• Philippines
12 Jan 07
well am a parent of a blind child. my advice for parents out there is first and foremost ACCEPT THE SITUATION, you cannot moved on if you haven't accept yet the situation your child has. once accpeted.... ask yourself what am I going to do now, consider the ff. we parents are not always at their side, surely we will leave them soon what preparation you need to do for him to live comfortably 100% consider education then.... be oen to all family members and aske their support and acceptance too. SURELY: a special child will have a brighter future as we can read/watch many special people succeed in life bec. of their family who supported them since early childhood GOODLUCK TO ALL PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS i SALUTE YOU....
• United States
15 Jan 07
I agree 100% with "accept the situation". If you don't, you can't possibly help your child to the extent they need help. They can't possibly reach their fullest potential, without their parents/caregivers on-board for the journey.