Five Things Parents of Special Needs Children Wish You Knew

This article, entitled Five Things a Parent of a Special Needs Child Wish You Knew comes from Cathy at bountifulplate.

When you are a parent of a typically developing child, sometimes it might be hard to know what it’s like to parent a child with special needs or “walk” in their shoes. Below are five things a parent of a special needs child wish you knew:

  • Friendship – It’s okay to invite me along for coffee or lunch, I like to go out and chat with my friends that have typically developing children as well as those who have children with special needs – you can never have enough good friends!

  • Comments/Stares – Please don’t stare, give me dirty looks or make comments if you see my child is having a full-blown meltdown in public.

  • Patience – Please understand if I can’t have an hour long conversation on the phone or if I don’t respond to your e-mails quickly. Parenting a special needs child is non-stop and sometimes I’m just too exhausted at the end of the day to do anything but put my head down on the pillow and sleep.

  • Judging – Please don’t tell me that if I tried a certain therapy, drug, diet, etc. that my child would be “cured.” We trust that the decisions we are making for our child are the right ones.

  • Exclusion – Please don’t exclude my child and me from playgroups, playdates, etc. because you think he or she might not be able to handle it. Please let me be the one to decide that.

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About the Author...
Cathy B
Cathy is a homemaker, wife and mother to a son with special needs, an adult daughter and stepmom to an adult son.
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