Parenting Special Needs Children

Parenting special needs children can be quite the challenge, but children will more easily reach their full potential if the adults around them are working as a team. Collaboration with Professionals A child’s neurodevelopmental disorder or disability brings parents into contact – and sometimes into conflict – with doctors, teachers, and therapists. Here are suggestions for developing partnerships with professionals for parenting special needs children. Develop Positive Communication Skills It’s easy for the relationship to become adversarial, but that’s counter-productive. You make it easier for professionals to give you what you need if you communicate with them positively. Be Assertive But Not Aggressive Say what you believe firmly, but not with anger or implied threats. Your goal is to get them to listen – not to make them defensive. Listen It’s easy to spout a list of grievances, but if you don’t listen to the professionals, you can’t expect them to listen to you. Your goal is open communication. Act…