It could be difficult to find what inspires and encourages your child with special needs. Depending on his or her abilities, what may work for one may not work for another. However, there are some alternatives that you can practice with your children that could reap profound results. It is your task to ensure that he or she doesn’t give up on life and what it has to offer.
1. Compliments – Regardless of how menial the task is, compliment your child on how well it was completed. Children love to hear praises and will continue to try their best in order to exact the same sensation of accomplishment. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects, try to embrace a job well done. Positive reinforcement can do amazing things for a child and could help them develop a more positive outlook on life itself by developing confidence.
2. Point Out Strengths – Although you want to encourage growth in various aspects of a child’s life, setting the child up for success can be very beneficial. Challenges are all a part of our lives, but you should balance that with tasks that are considered to be a strength within your child. Everyone has a niche for something they are good at. It’s developed by the passion that is driven to know such topics. Point out the strengths of your child and promote a stronger confidence in them.
3. Small Steps – If your child is struggling with tasks, take smaller steps to accomplish his or her goals. A slower approach may help them learn what is needed. Instead of becoming frustrated, observe your child, and calmly speak with them to find out what the logical course of action would be. This is a big step in helping your child learn.
4. The Power of Choice – No one enjoys feeling helpless. It can be internally frustrating if a child has no say in how he or she progresses throughout the day. By giving your child choices, you are empowering them to make their own decisions. Even the smallest of circumstances could reinforce the child’s spirit of confidence. Whether they are choosing what to have for lunch or which clothes to wear, they can feel like they are shaping their own life through the decisions they have made.
5. Don’t Be Afraid of Mistakes – Children are sponges and they model themselves after our behaviour. If you make a mistake in front of your child and recover with elegance, he or she will realize that a mistake isn’t the end of the world. This can help teach them that a mistake is only a medium through which we learn how to become better people. The worse you react to issues in your own life, the worse your child’s outlook could become.
As a parent, you are responsible for the guidance of your child. Although some aspects of their lives are subject to requiring the help of others, you also need to empower them and teach them how to perform various functions independently. As each child is unique, you need to find what works best for your specific young one.
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Rachel Thomas is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for www.babysitting.net. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.