Preparing Your Child with Special Needs for the Future

By Beth Rubio, RN, Chief Clinical Officer for Aveanna Healthcare

Preparing children for the future is a challenge that all parents face. If you are parenting a child with special needs, this task can seem especially daunting. However, there are a few ways any parent can help their child get ready for the future now.

Develop family bonds

A child with special needs will go through the same emotional stages as other children. It is important to develop strong bonds within any family. Strong family bonds provide for stability, influence, and support and help to build trust among family members. Extended family and other caregivers are also relationships that are important in your child’s development as he or she builds a sense of self for the future. These relationships help build strong communication and social skills as well as help develop a sense of independence

Encourage trial and error

As much as you can, allow your child to try new tasks, be part of decisions, make decisions on their own, and be exposed to new experiences. These build a strong foundation for the future. Allow your child to make mistakes while you are there for support.

Explain asking for help

Another important lesson is asking for help. We all need guidance from time to time. Teach your child how and when to ask for help. Knowing how and when to ask for assistance will be an important skill for your child as he or she moves through life. Helping children prepare for life requires work and effort. Everyone wants their children to be strong and successful. Maintaining close relationships and open communications helps parents ensure their children are well prepared for the future.

Beth Rubio, RN, is the Chief Clinical Officer for Aveanna Healthcare. Aveanna Healthcare is dedicated to bringing families of medically fragile children and adults the in-home nursing they need. The provide 24/7 clinical support with a family-centered approach. To learn more, call 407-872-1213 or visit aveanna.com.

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