BlogGoulding Sleep Talk for Children PARENTING A DIFFERENTLY-ABLED CHILD

March 15, 2020by admin0

Nisha* and Vivek* were thrilled as they welcomed their first-born into their lives. They had arranged it all – the perfect nursery, toys, clothes, and even a photoshoot. They had done all the required reading – from feeding and bathing techniques for the new-born to potty training the toddler when the time came. They were prepared for everything!

However, their lives took a turn when their daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. They had no idea how to raise a differently-abled child. However, after going through a period of self-doubt and desolation, they got to work. And today, they are doting parents to a vivacious 9-year-old. If you are facing a similar situation, here are some tips from the proud parents – Nishaand Vivek. 

Create a natural home environment

“Your kid is not going to feel normal as long as you tip toe around them”, says Nisha. Our aim is to not make their disability prominent. So, behave naturally. Scold them when they misbehave, reward them when they don’t. It will be only natural that you would want to pamper them and give in to all their demands because you want the best for them but refrain from doing so.

Be their confidant

We all know that differently-abled children have it hard! Most kids are unable to make friends in schools as often, their schoolmates have an indifferent attitude toward them. Most children are uncomfortable or afraid while talking to children with special abilities, as they have never been taught how to. In worst case scenarios, the differently-abled children are teased or even bullied. According to research, bullying in childhood can lead to decreased self-esteem, social isolation, depression, and even suicidal thoughts both in the short and long term. Hence, it becomes crucial that they know, they have someone they can always fall back on. Talk to them about their everyday lives, be a part of it. Even if it is as mundane as their daily class activity, show an active interest. Make sure they see you as more than just a parent and as a friend with whom they can share their deepest fears and secrets. This way, if anything is going wrong in their lives, you would not be in the dark.

Accept them for who they are

Often parents get flustered with the slow rate of their learning. Don’t call them lazy or unmotivated. It is crucial to be supportive of any strength showed by your kid, even if it’s something that might not be useful in the outside world. Help them chase their passion. Compliment them regularly, this will boost their confidence. Let them grow at their own pace.

 

Hunt for support

Often, parents focus so much on the needs of the child that they forget about themselves. “You cannot do this alone, and remember you don’t have to,” says Vivek. Seek emotional support from your family and friends. In today’s digital age, it is easy to find groups and forums for parents who face similar challenges. Networking with them will help you open your heart and discuss your issues with someone truly relates. Such networking also helps youfind physicians with particular training, camps, programmes and other important resources.

See them bloom with Renaé

Renaé changed our life. A friend told us about their SleepTalk programme and we gave it a try. The change was visible within a few days. Our baby was much more chirpy and confident than ever,” smiles Nisha. Designed to build and encourage self-esteem, the SleepTalk process shapes the subconscious mind of your child while they are asleep.

You can also try our Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnotherapy programme. Based on leading scientific research, this programme helps you re-organise your subconscious mind and be the best version of yourself. We use the power of hypnotic suggestion, reinforcement, and neural modelling to rectify or enhance your deep-rooted perspective. Because the process is subconscious, the improvements are all natural and permanent. This will help your child rise above their disability and achieve their full potential.

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