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Recreational Activities for Special Kids during lockdown at home

Recreational Activities for Special Kids during lockdown at home

Everything was going good but then Coronavirus decided to put every 2020 plan at a halt. While the world is under lockdown, it seems the clock has stopped ticking. Everyone nowadays is trying to do something or the other to keep themselves away from boredom and negativity, hence, special kids are no different. In fact, in times like these, they need more attention and a busy environment. So here are various activities that you as parents can carry out with your kids to ensure that they have a good time.

1.  Play ‘Simon Says’

Simon says

This game is pretty interactive and will help your children to be more efficient. Here, you’ll have to give them instructions followed by “Simon Says”. For example- Simon Says- clap your hands, Simon says- show me how to jump, Simon Says- lay on the floor, etc. This way they’ll enjoy their lockdown ways and will feel good. In fact, the game would initiate in them a habit of listening to what is being told.

2. Solving puzzles

Solving puzzles

It helps them open their mind and gives them a better understanding of things. Use easy puzzles like that of fruits, scenery, flower, vegetables, etc. so that they find it more relatable. This will not only enhance their knowledge but will also instill confidence in them. Make sure that you are with them throughout in case they seek help as not being able to solve the puzzle might get them irritated. So, be their rescuer and help them solve it. After all the smile of your child as they complete their puzzle has to be the most beautiful thing.

3. Fun with Play Dough

Fun with Play Dough

Sensory Crafts for special kids is a highly important aspect when it comes to involving them in the creative learning process. This gives their imagination a push start and they create magic out of it. Moreover, they enjoy playing with mushy clay which keeps their little hands and minds busy.

4. Painting chronicles

painting chronicles

Hand them over not only a paintbrush but a comb, a lady-finger, a straw, or maybe nothing and just let them use their fingers to draw masterpieces. Using colors to paint whatever comes to their mind is not less than therapy. It makes kids happy and all the more they feel super creative. Their thoughts just rush through pages resulting in a blend of beautiful colors.

5. Handmade Ring Toss game

Handmade Ring Toss Game

Keeping your kids engaged during the quarantine time can be difficult. They might get bored doing the same things over time. Hence, making a ring toss game at your home can give them the needed fun. We all have kitchen rolls at our places. So grab some and stick them together to make a poll. Now create rings with newspaper and you are all set! Give them chances to throw the ring in the hole, and every time they do, make a star on their wrist as a symbol of appreciation and motivation.

6. Color Matching Game

Color matching game

The game is effective in a way that it will make their brain work faster and they’ll be able to connect the audio and visual aspects of it. You’ll ask them to bring something in color Yellow and they’ll search for it. This way they’ll listen to your instructions and will learn about the appearances of different colors.

These were a few activities which if your kids will do, they’ll feel positive and energetic despite being at home. As parents, it’s your duty to ensure that their learning process doesn’t have long gaps. So why wait for more? Now you know how to keep them going during the quarantine!

Challenges Faced by Parents of Autistic Children

Challenges Faced by Parents of Autistic Children

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.

Specially Abled Yet Hugely Capable The Role of a Parent in the Life of a Child with Special Needs

Specially Abled Yet Hugely Capable The Role of a Parent in the Life of a Child with Special Needs

What can we as a people do to make every differently-abled child feel self-sufficient and independent? While it is important to advocate and create inclusivity, and to envision a world of equal opportunities, it is also widely agreed upon that only with the support of their parents can children truly understand their self worth.

No one is as interested and motivated to see a child succeed than his/her own parents. However, to play their role as parents responsibly, mothers and fathers of children with special needs should realise that their child, like every other child, is a ‘gift of God’. Instead of trying to ‘fix’ them, parents must accept them with love.

Below are some things to do as a parent of a specially abled child:

  • Specially abled children need the right support, timely help and intervention to grow up as confident men and women. When the seeds of love are sown, children start overcoming their limitations and it starts to reflect in their behaviour. All they require is to be assured that someone is always by their side.
  • Push them towards their passions, be it music, art, literature, or sports. As long as your child is happy, he/she will be motivated.
  • Acceptance is what matters ultimately. Rather than viewing children with special needs as ‘different’, embrace them as they are and give them a sense of identity.
  • As a society, we need to wake up to the reality of special needs. It’s important that we promote the idea that differently abled children stand to achieve just as much as any other children. They do need assistance and a lot of support, but they definitely do not need pity.

Many organisations have come up with unique ways to make a difference in the lives of these children, working tirelessly towards making them self-sufficient. At PCF’s Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, for instance, trainings are not only limited to children; their parents are equally involved. The school is dedicated to providing its specially-abled students their rightful place in a society that not only accepts them, but also respects them for their abilities.

Ayush Chamoli is one such MBCN student with multiple disabilities. Watch how his mother’s immense strength, and the complete support of his family and school helped Ayush achieve great heights.