Friday 7 October 2022

Some advice from others for additional needs parents

Parenting a child with additional needs comes with a unique set of challenges. Most of my experiences come from my amazing kids but it' means I most understand things from parenting kids with autism and ADHD. Here's some tips from others that has a focus on supporting those with cerebral palsy. Like autism, cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition, however if affects the individual in a different way.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world, whereas cerebral palsy affects movement and co-ordination. It's caused by a problem with the brain that develops before, during or soon after birth. However it's maybe no surprise that much of the advice was the same and I'm happy to share. Here's what was suggested.

1. Have a good support system

The challenges of parenting a child with additional needs can be overwhelming at times. It’s important to have a strong support system in place, whether it’s family, friends, or support groups. Having people to talk to who understand what you’re going through can be a huge help.

2. Resources and information

There is a lot to learn when you have an additional needs child special needs child. Having reliable resources and information on hand can be very helpful. The internet, library, and local organisations are all great places to start. To read up on cerebral palsy, for example, parents can go to websites like Mencap's or Scope's information, a cerebral palsy solicitor or

3. A flexible schedule

Additional needs children can often require a lot of appointments and therapies. Having a flexible schedule can make it much easier to manage everything. If possible, consider working from home or arranging for a flexible work schedule. Being agile with your time will make a big difference in being able to address all of your child’s needs.

4. Patience and understanding

Dealing with the challenges of a child with additional needs can be frustrating at times. It’s important to have patience and understanding, both for your child and yourself. Remember that progress may be slow but it is possible.

5. A positive attitude and sense of humour

It’s important to maintain a positive attitude, even when things are tough. Having a positive outlook can make a big difference in how you cope with the challenges of parenting an additional needs child.  A sense of humour can help you get through tough times and enjoy the good times too.

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