A caregiver handbook for dealing with menstrual hygiene management in the special needs adolescent.
Center for Research, Innovation and Technology
(Ponty Chadha Foundation)
Amity Institute of Rehabilitation Science
The Caregivers Handbook was developed in response to requests from parents for resources related to menstrual management of their daughters with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our goal was to provide information that was culturally relevant and covered a lot of concerns about menstruation. This handbook is backed by face to face interaction with parents and data collected through a questionnaire on problems faced by the parents. It represents a joint effort of Parents and Professionals, to create what we hope is an intelligent, yet easy to read and share the document for those who support an adolescent with an intellectual and developmental disability.
Raising a child with autism comes with a lot of responsibility and fears. There is always a sense of doubt in the form of questions like “Am I doing enough for my child”, “Is my child able to know what makes him special”, “Is my child independent”. Optimism and a strong will do not come out of the blue or aren’t something that can be imbibed only through constant practice. It is only after one win over the concerning fears and apprehensions that one becomes an evolved being. Something similar is applicable to the parents of the autistic children. They are fraught with immense strength and perseverance. However, they do have their own set of fears which are justified in themselves. Some of these doubts are as follows:
1. The fear of not being able to accept the autistic condition: Parenthood is about a sense of fulfillment. However, when it comes to the child having autism, the aspect of fulfillment becomes a complex affair. Here, the fulfillment is just not limited to the kind of values that are to be given to the child but to imbibe acceptability regarding the specially-abled condition both on the front of the parents and how they help their wards to accept the disability.
2. The fear of insufficiency: There is always a feeling of “Am I doing enough for my child?” Autism characterizes problems with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech, and nonverbal communication. In such cases, the children need added care. This constant fear is justified as it is this very feeling, if channelized, can help such parents to become understanding beings.
3. The fear of the child’s adulthood: It is comparatively easier to look after the child’s needs until the age is less. Entry into adulthood is the beginning of the phase when the children enter into society on their terms. An autistic child has to face a lot of challenges of being differently-abled which might have an impact on the psychic level. This fear constantly troubles the parents.
4. The fear of a Child’s attitude towards Parents: There is an apprehension in the minds of the parents if their children can actually understand as to how much they love them or whether they will mistake love with sympathy.
5. The fear of Autism being an incurable disorder: Autism does not have any treatment. It can only be regulated through therapies and counseling. This, in itself, needs to be accepted and accordingly dealt with. It is a lifetime disorder.
If you’re the parent of a child with autism, these fears are justified and should be accepted so that you can bring up your autistic child in the best possible manner keeping in mind all kinds of complications. The best thing is to face reality with awareness and not escape it through dejection.
Ever wondered how the world would be if nobody knew how to laugh?
Imagine out of the blue, one morning waking up to be a person who doesn’t knows what laughter is.
Nobody would crack jokes, nor anyone will laugh on them.
Nobody would know what comedy shows are and sarcasm won’t be fun anymore.
How do you think that life would be?
Creepy, terrifying and moreover, lifeless.
If we analyze the word laugh it sounds a lot similar to life…it not only brings joy to all but it also comes with some serious health benefits.
A powerful antidote to stress, depression, pain, conflict and even heartbreak, laughter is a proven doctor recommended medicine that holds the power to curb any disease.
Talking in medical terms, a good laugh is chocked full of mental, emotional and physical benefits. Making us feel happy and relaxed, a hearty laughter allows us to live longer, be healthier and provides an edge when battling ailments like mental illness.
Also it helps combat stress by increasing blood flow throughout the body and also boosts our immune system, heightens threshold for pain and assists in facilitating better breathing.
Along with our medical health, laughing helps improving our emotional health as well. And researchers have also proven that laughing in company enhances social bonding and stimulates positivity around.
So if you’re feeling blue, just remember to rejuvenate your soul with this fun & priceless medicine. Although you won’t find a free medine elsewhere than a good hearty laugh.
Moreover always keep in mind what the great Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
Keep Laughing pals!! Happy Laughter Day 😀