So let’s talk about chores and self-care for special needs kids
Are you making self-care for special needs kids a priority? I know not all of us have kids whose special needs enable them to do everything for themselves. I’m definitely Not saying that every kid should do everything for themselves, by themselves. But stop for a minute and ask yourself, truly, are you allowing them to work up to the best of their abilities? I remember the first time an Early Interventionist called me out. I definitely thought I wasn’t doing too much for my son, but I totally was.
Teaching life skills and self-care for special needs kids is an important part of our role as homeschooling parents.
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Have you ever wondered when to tell your child about their autism?
Sometimes parents have a choice about when to tell the kids about their disability or disorder. Other times, it’s really obvious. If they’re in a wheelchair that’s not something you can hide; or anything else like that for that matter. But when it comes to some neurological disorders, that’s really easy to hide. It’s not just autism obviously, but ADHD, OCD, you name it.
My experience not knowing…
I grew up without any official diagnosis of anything. I was always just a quirky kid. Some people love me for it, others were frustrated by it. I’m betting it depended more on the moment than the person. I always struggled with friendships and life in general and it was devastating at times.
The dark side of social media for special needs Parents
This has happened to me many times, so I know it has to have happened to my fellow special needs parents! At least once, but I’m guessing way more. You post a very uncomfortable but important article about your child’s disability. Your post is an effort to educate everyone else or maybe ask for some prayer and support. Then minutes, hours, days later… crickets. No likes, no shares, no comments. Yet, all the other things you posted over the last few days have plenty of likes, shares, or comments. What gives?!
Have you ever wondered how you should go about lesson planning in your homeschool? It can be hard to plan in detail or for an extended period when you are working around special needs. With my own family, we’ve tried several methods and had issues with planning too far ahead. We’ve also seen a lot of struggle, however, with flying by the seat of our pants and trying to be overly flexible. Yes, I said overly flexible; ha ha… Believe it or not, there is such a thing! I’m going to share what works for us, how we work it all out, and I hope that it will make planning easier for you too.
So have you had that really horrible, terrible, no-good, very bad play date that just made you want to hole-up forever in the safety of you home? I am willing to bet most, if not every, special needs parents have had at least one. I definitely have, and it still takes all I can muster some days to put those experiences behind me.