I may have taught special education for many years, but I know that parents of kids with special needs are the real heroes. You are the adults who have been there since the birth of your child and know your child’s physical, social, developmental, and family history. You are the ones who know your child’s wants and needs and have your own ways of coping with outbursts, setbacks and also, successes.
If it takes a village to raise a child, you are at the center of that village as the chief head. I salute you and admire your tenacity, strength, and courage as you raise your child. Parents want the best for their children.
Here are some ideas to help you.
● Connect with a support group of like-minded people; it could be on Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media platform.
● Try to take some time for yourself each day. That could be simply taking a walk, watching a show on TV, or reading a book, whatever feels restorative to you.
● Take time to talk about life stressors with another person. It could be a spouse, a friend, or another trusted adult. Sometimes a good venting session can do wonders.
● Find a blog or podcast to listen to while walking. Think about your areas of interest and find something to listen to or read about that subject. I love listening to some of my favorite podcasts while I take my dog for a walk along trails by lakes or woods.
● Take care of your physical self. Ensure you get plenty of sleep, exercise, and meet your nutritional needs.
● Find out what resources are available to you in your area.
● https://sites.ed.gov/idea/parents-families/ This is a great place to start.
Never forget that you are amazing and an expert on your child. You got this!