When you first find out that your child is diagnosed with special needs, a series of roller coaster emotions and worries can be expected. Panic might set in. How will I cope with this? Am I prepared to support my child’s development?
Similarly for educators who are unequipped with the tools and knowledge, they might be unprepared when tasked to manage special needs students.
“Parents and educators are critical advocates for the child, and even more particularly so when there are special needs.”
Both parents and educators have the most significant role to play on the child’s development and shape their perspective of life. Here are 3 qualities needed caring for special needs children:
- Have patience
When a child has special needs, patience is a must. At a young age, the child will look to you for emotional guidance and support and also learn how to express their emotions based on their observation and interactions with you. Even when you’re stressed out, it’s important to make sure they feel that they have your emotional support and that you won’t give up on them.
- Intuitive and calming nature
Special needs children find it difficult to communicate and express their feelings when they are in a stressful environment. Often, they will react negatively when they are confused or overwhelmed with their struggles. It is vital to provide a calm environment for them to feel safe. Our skill in intuition will be essential to uncover the underlying reasons for their behaviour and reduce their anxiety.
- Keen adaptability
Each child with special needs will come with their own sets of behaviours, interests and aversions, as well as strengths and weaknesses. It is up to the people closest to them to explore what these may be and work what is best suited for their needs and emotions. Knowing the child’s learning preferences will be crucial for their development, making their learning effective and helping to improve the child’s quality of life.
The first step towards a child’s positive development is based on how well prepared we are. Some children have different physical, emotional or cognitive needs that create barriers to learning or achievement. Once there is a clear support path for children with special needs, both the parents and educators will be able to make informed decisions and plan for the long term of the child’s life goals and targets.
Join us at College of Allied Educators to see how you can develop an understanding of the different types of exceptional children, their needs, and the different special needs programmes and specialties that are available to you, for them.
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