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Appreciating Your Child for Who They Are

Appreciating Your Child for Who They Are

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As a parent of a special needs child, sometimes the biggest challenge is not the care you must provide, but getting others to see your child in the same positive way you do. Others may see a child that comes across as hyper, distracted, or maybe even disruptive to a classroom. But hope is not lost. There are things you can do to help others appreciate your child for who they are, too.

Be positive—even when it is hard.

Surely there are some days when the last emotion you want to come anywhere near feeling is “positive,” but here is where it really helps. When you describe your child in positive terms, others will begin to understand him or her better. For example, by reframing their actions as “My child has a stronger sense of humor,” or in response to hyperactivity: “He is more curious and adventurous,” others will begin to recognize and appreciate their unique traits.

Don’t assume professionals know your child better than you do.

At WeeCare, we sometimes see parents that question their gut feelings about their child because a professional has offered their opinion or diagnosis. If you feel that a diagnosis is not quite right or a course of action prescribed is not appropriate, don’t be afraid to speak up. You are your child’s best and most vocal advocate.

Remember your child is still a child.

It is easy to attribute any and all of your child’s behavior to their special need. But sometimes a tantrum is just because of the Terrible Twos (or Threes or Fours…). Not everything your child does is because of their need. Sometimes the behavior they are displaying is because it is typical for their age so take a deep breath, channel that inner patience, and decide if now is the right time to discipline them.

As a parent, you can appreciate your child, and helps others appreciate them, by knowing when to put restrictions on them in order to keep them from harmful situations.

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