How To Help Your Child Feel Confident In Their Special Needs

Written by Divine Magazine

Children all around the world have their own needs. Some might learn in a different manner, some might have to mitigate the effects of a harmful home situation, while some might have a personality that needs some coaxing to become self-assured. Additionally, some children might find that special needs, such as a medical issue, cause them to require additional support. For example, a child with type 1 diabetes will simply have an extra and important-to-consider range of necessary caregiving systems applied that will affect their childhood to some degree. This is normal.

That being said, it’s not uncommon for a child to feel somewhat put out and unhappy with this process. It can single them out from the other children at a time when fitting in can mean everything to them. This is where a careful guiding hand can come in, and show them that their requirement of extra needs in no way contributes to them being a lesser person, in fact, it can show them courage, understanding and empathy – and this is more important than anything else.

With this in mind, allowing your children to feel confident is an important process. Here’s what that may look like:

Inform Them

Inform them as to what their special needs are, and the best means through which they can care for themselves, or what the new normal might be. For example, learn more about how to maintain hearing aid batteries, and you will be better able to impart this information to your child. When they feel more competent in their self-care and strong in their new normal, they feel the confidence they deserve to have.

Help Them Manage

Of course, a medical issue can also suggest the need to help them manage. Be sure to show them everything you do to help them manage their condition because it could be that they also need to explain this in the future, such as trusting another parent to give them insulin when at their home. Helping them manage can also afford them the confidence to put their condition into perspective, seeing just how easily or confidently they can help themselves take care of it. This will lessen the worry and fear they might feel, starting to consider it a natural extension of themselves, simply something they live with and a practical part of daily life.

Encourage Them Fully

Encourage your child to be confident despite their needs, and because of their needs. They are not lesser due to having an issue. If you can teach them how to confidently talk to a point of authority, to come away from other children who may not understand, to never be afraid to speak up if they need something or to follow what their heart wishes, then you will be raising someone with more inner-strength than many of their peers. Remember, strength and worth is not always found in physical or mental ability but in heart.

With this advice, you’re certain to help your child feel confident regarding their special needs.


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