Integrating Your Special Needs Children Into Society
Society, today, is much more sensitive and accommodating towards special needs children. They not only lead “normal” lives, but achieve extraordinary things as well.
And here’s how, as a parent/caregiver, you can help your special needs child fit comfortably in society:
Social integration of Autistic children:
Autistic children have most difficulty in adjusting: because they mostly don’t want to!!
To make them adjust, first their nearly-always-raging nerves must be calmed; they should always be talked to in a calm and soothing voice. A calming/distracting activity helps during emotional distress.
While specialized cognitive therapies could be the only effective way to cope with the cognitive challenges, rigidness towards change can be home-remedied.
Make the changes sound less “daunting”; warning them beforehand can also give them extra time to deal with their anxieties. A lot of visual aids/distractions can also help the case.
Asperger’s children in society:
Children diagnosed with Asperger’s aren’t unwilling to be social and communicative- but they’re not able to. They struggle with right word usage, too excitable or diminished speech, inability to move past the 101’s of language etc. and teaching them just those can go a long way!!
They should be encouraged to go out into the society, and be communicative. But you also need to make sure they do know that you’re always there for them to fall back upon, when they fumble (and fumble they will, they know).
Confidence in parents- and confidence of parents- can do wonders for Asperger’s children.
With them, external motivation- like chocolates or more TV allowances- can also work better than the abstract ones- like feelings of goodness, for instance.
Keeping up with the social needs of ADHD children:
On the other side of the line, children suffering with ADHD are way too social- and not always in good way. Social skills must be taught to them early on. They also need to learn patience with others, display of humility and consideration of others, and to not be overstimulated.
Cerebral palsy children in society:
Cerebral palsy’s is a physical ailment and that makes the parents’/caregivers’ jobs doubly difficult- the child needs support in the physical challenges that they face and the depression that’s more than likely to try taking over their entirely sound minds as well.
One way to do it could be to stress on where they still stand common with the crowd- instead of letting them dwell on how different they are.They also need to engage in some or the other form of productive activities in the spare time. If they turn out to be good at something, encourage them- especially if they’re better than their peers in it. Achieving such superiority can attract new friends to them, thus assuring them about their social acceptability.
They also need to engage in some or the other form of productive activities in the spare time. If they turn out to be good at something, encourage them- especially if they’re better than their peers in it. Achieving such superiority can attract new friends to them, thus assuring them about their social acceptability.
Whenever possible, their group activities must also be encouraged as much as possible, to give them the confidence about their social skills.