Relationship Rescue: Helping Your Child Learn Different Tasks
Question: I get very frustrated sometimes when trying to help my child learn different tasks. It gets to the point that I just want to simply do it myself. I know that this is ultimately doing a disservice to my child. Any helpful tips for getting through this time?
Advice: It is very easy to want to do practically everything at times for your child with special needs. For starters, it takes them a long time to accomplish small tasks. We feel that we can do it better and more efficiently. And, taking the time to explain feels like forever, and then by that time you could have done it yourself. Sound familiar? I have many parents of special needs children (and adults) who typically give in when it comes to these daily challenges. Isn’t it easier? Unfortunately, as difficult as it can be at times, we have to focus daily on empowering them and not creating more of a disability.
The thing to remember is that we are assisting them in becoming better human beings for their future. What is going to happen when we are gone? That’s why it’s so important to empower them and move them forward. It’s essential to educate the caregivers around you who are responsible for your children when you are out of your home. It takes a special caregiver to truly understand that it takes patience and perseverance to allow the special needs person to feel good about themselves for the accomplishment of their tasks.
Have a wonderful week!
Robin Newman LCSW PC
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