As parents begin to supplement their child’s occupational and speech therapy sessions by doing home activities, it’s essential to understand that it can be frustrating at times and extra challenging. You need a heap of patience, deep understanding and knowledge of your child's developmental problem, and support. Not clearly defining your game plan for your child can be a source of distress. That’s why you need to consume this information before you start giving supplemental home therapy sessions to your loved ones.
- ACCEPTANCE – Nobody else will love your child the way you do. Learn to accept that your child is differently-abled. Yes, it’s not easy, but ACCEPTANCE will help you go further with the intervention plan. It’s not helpful to think about what your child cannot do. Focus on the progress that your child will be making instead.
- CONSULT YOUR CHILD'S THERAPIST – Your child’s occupational and speech therapist know better. They have extensive training in devising intervention plans . Request a meeting with them if possible.
- SET GOALS – Write the GOALS that the OT or ST has made for your child. Print it and stick it on your wall.
- SCHEDULE - You’ll be all over the place without a schedule. It will also cause more stress. Write down the recommended activities. Set the date and time, and for how many hours you’ll be spending on each activity.
- STICK TO YOUR SCHEDULE – Making a schedule is manageable. Following the program is not. Even if the lazy bug bit you, or if you are depressed or tired, go back and stick to your GOALS. Reminding yourself of your desired results and committing to stick to the process to reach it will keep you going.
- GIVE YOUR CHILD TIME - No two children with learning disabilities are alike. Some might have difficulties learning new skills, but some might be quick to pick up new concepts. Try to avoid comparing your child to other children. Do not force learning. Make activities fun and engaging.
- CELEBRATE small successes.
- GET A SUPPORT GROUP – Support from families, friends, professionals, or other parents dealing with the same situation is indispensable. Sharing your fears, worries, and happiness to the people you trust will make the journey easier.
- PAMPER YOURSELF – Remember to allot a me-time in your schedule because who doesn’t need a break?
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