Tips to Give Your Child A Voice
Updated: Apr 12, 2021
Navigating the world can be challenging, especially for a child with a developmental disability. They are most likely behind their peers in school academically and may be struggling with motor skills, processing delays, health issues, and more. In sum, being in the world is hard enough without extra challenges thrown in that can make you different from everyone else.
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TIPS TO GIVE YOUR CHILD A VOICE
Let Them Do Simple Tasks
When you have young children, it's super easy to just do tasks for them rather than wait for them to do it themselves. Tasks like cleaning their room, picking up their toys, tying their shoes, stirring a brownie mix, or even feeding the dogs can take small children, especially those with developmental disabilities, a long time to figure out and accomplish. As an adult, you can do these small tasks very quickly and easily because you have practice. However, if you never allow your children the opportunity to do these things, they will never learn how to, nor will they feel as if they can. Allow them the time they need and have the patience yourself to let them do simple tasks on their own.
Let Them Experience Frustration
To learn new tasks, it takes the willingness to try, to do, and to practice in order to master the task. Along the way, your child will probably become frustrated at some point. As a parent, you just want to help them when they become frustrated. However, by doing the task for them, they will learn that they don't have to do anything because you will do it for them. Remember, your job as a parent is to raise your child to be independent of you, even with a developmental disability. Keep in mind that one day you won't be there for them. By letting your child experience frustration and work through it, keeping at the task at hand, they will le