As any parent who faces this will know, having a child with disabilities is not an easy task. There are a lot of obstacles in the way for both you and your child that can stop you having what is regarded as a ‘normal’ life. But just because it’s not ‘normal’ doesn’t mean that it is in any way ‘bad’. Disability is viewed in a completely different way today than it was thirty years ago. People with disabilities have many more rights and play a much greater role in society. There are many day-to-day challenges you may face as the parent of a disabled child – but rest safe in the knowledge that your child will be able to integrate and succeed, with the right kind of care. If you are concerned about your child’s future, here are some things you can do to help them be the best they can be and live a happy and fulfilling life.
Find their niche
Everyone is passionate about something, and usually good at something too. The problem is that often, these two things are not mutually exclusive – not like people think. Your child may be a great artist but may find it a bore. With this in mind, enable your child to experience lots of different things as they grow up so they can find out what they enjoy. There are plenty of different community groups which enable children with disabilities to explore sport, art and further education. Or, your child may prefer to attend a class that is not just meant for people with disabilities. Whatever it is, giving them opportunities to find their niche could help to shape the rest of their lives. Your child may not want to pursue their talent for painting – but they could still love the arts in general, and find that acting is what they want to do.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
More disabled people than ever before are now able to live completely independent lives, away from their family homes. This may be a daunting prospect for you as a parent. After all, no matter how old they get they are still your baby! Plus, having a child with a disability, whether it is mental or physical, can make you very overprotective. But today, there are plenty of schemes out there to help disabled adults live independent and fulfilling lives. Speak to a firm such as Chermol & Fishman along with your child about what they may be entitled to.
Support them all the way
Some disabled people can doubt themselves due to their disability, and for that reason are reluctant to push themselves out of their comfort zones. It is your role as a parent to help build your child’s confidence by offering them reassurance and preparing them for new situations. Building their self-esteem by telling them how well they have done or letting them take charge of a situation will benefit them greatly in later life. There is no reason why your child cannot live a successful life alongside their disability, so encourage them and watch them flourish.