Quotes On Parenting With Special Needs Kids

Quotes On Parenting With Special Needs Kids (Written by Orla Kelly) When I became a parent of a special needs child, nothing could prepare me for the emotional rollercoaster I would find myself on, a sea of ever changing emotions and quick sand I would step on every now and then that seemed to engulf me and I would feel like I was drowning. The worst part was I never knew if I should ask for help or just wish I would die.

Having spoken to many other parents of special needs children, there are so many things we all have in common regardless of social or financial circumstances, race, religion or demographics. The loneliness and isolation you feel when you first get a diagnosis and then and thereafter the level of emotions covering denial, anger, grief and depression. After what may seem like an eternity; you learn to laugh again, accept what is, become more spiritually aware and find the inner strength for empowerment. [Read more...]

How To Best Support Siblings Of Special Needs Kids

(Written by Orla Kelly) In this article I am going to address how you as a parent can best support siblings of special needs kids. Very often all the attention is on a special needs child leaving siblings intentionally or unintentionally feeling left out as they are given considerably less attention and parental time than the special needs child.

This can give rise to family disharmony and cause emotional upset to sibling children, so it is vital that parents do not underestimate the needs of sibling children and work through any problems as a unified family.

In this article I will discuss

  1. What it is like to have a special needs sister or brother
  2. What parents can do to build a stronger relationship with the sibling child
  3. How to help siblings understand the needs of their special needs sister or brother

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