Parents of special needs kids know how difficult it can be to take care of them. When a child is born with disease or impairment, it may appear as though the world is collapsing around you. These kids demand a lot of care and attention both at home and school. It is important to remember that you are not alone. Here are ways to support them:

Support groups
Parents meet to share knowledge, emotional and practical support, and mutual interests within a small community. They also share their feelings and experiences. That way, they alleviate feelings of loneliness, uncertainty, and tension. They understand that other parents are struggling in the same circumstances, and they are not the only ones experiencing parenting challenges.

Parent to Parent, for example, is a group that pairs you with an established support parent for emotional support to help you access tools and information that are needed for your child. For some parents, a counselor, especially one with similar challenges, may be more supportive.

Books and magazines
The Complex Kid E-magazine is a free publication entirely for parents of children with special needs. This e-magazine offers a wide range of opportunities to learn about the dynamics involved in taking care of special kids. Parents can also upload their papers for others to read. These articles provide knowledge and insights on how to take care of children with various special needs. In their posts, there are links to local services.

It is a measure of courage, not weakness, to seek assistance. There are great organizations that support kids with special needs to grow connections and become social. For instance, Best Buddy supports people with special needs to strengthen their coping abilities, learn the skills they need to survive independently, and even find careers.

There are two stages of the intervention. Parents learn nondirective play skills and involve their children in a play scenario, facilitating child-directed engagement to improve the parent-child relationship. Both parents and teachers who handle special kids will benefit from this developmentally dependent training intervention.

Behavioral issues are common in children. The parents and teachers should focus on cognitive theories and other published materials to foster cognitive and social maturity and address the emotional and behavioral issues of the children.