Parents of special children are among those who face a major challenge. They need to deal with the child’s needs and the family’s needs. In this process, they may be unable to provide optimum care to their children.
As a result, they may feel frustrated, guilty or helpless. Parents need to realize that these feelings are natural, and they also need to learn how to tackle the challenges presented to them. Hence, they need to be counseled regularly both by teachers and by other parents.
Parents forum and parents’ role in the management of disabled children is crucial. It is quite crucial to handle parents while dealing with children with special needs. Parents may have lots of myths and misconceptions regarding nature and implications of disability.
In spandan we give lots of importance to parents, in fact, they are an integral part of our institute. Parents – Teachers meetings are regularly organized. Parents also receive good training on caregivers manuals guidelines (Published by Rehabilitation Council of India). Parents forum helps a lot in reducing the anxiety of other parents, young parents, and new entrants.
Parents may have expectations regarding the outcome of interventions. They may present with lots of anxiety and insecurities regarding prognosis. Marital discord can have a serious impact on a special child, It is important to deal with parents as a unit.
We ensure parents’ role in the management of children and their active participation in individualized education programmes of the child (I.E.P).
During vacation when a child is away from regular therapy, the child tends to deteriorate. Home programmes are always given to the parents, we ensure that it should be followed religiously, various applications are available which should be used in mobile or desktop under the supervision of parents and caretakers for child’s training. Apps can be used to monitor parents’ involvement as well as guide them.