- Posted July 8, 2014 by
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Raising a special needs child
I learned angles are amoung us
For me personally I have learned that being a special needs parent takes patients, love, and a deep understanding of your child. Noel being non verbal has gotten me to learn her body language and when she has had enough of a situation. In addition to learning when she has had enough of a situation I also had to learn what will calm her down. I have learned extreme patients with my child as well there are things that she just cant do because she has autism and sometimes when I get to the point of frustration with her I have to remind myself of that fact. You can look into her eyes and see she doesnt understand what you are trying to teach her and all you want to do is reach through. It has taken extreme patients to say we will try again tomorrow. Noel having special needs also has helped me not to take her for granted she was taught how to drink from a straw. Most children don't have to go through therapy to learn this but mine did. When she finally after months and months of therapy drank from a straw herself it was the best thing in the world to me. So I have also learned to appreciate the small things in life thanks to my daughter.
I am also very fortunate to get to spend time with and have a great family that supports her with lots of love. Currently Noel is 4 and attends PPCD which is in Texas a special needs preschool within the public school system. This has helped her with becoming more socialized and learning important skills. I am currently 27 and am a full time college student getting my bachelors degree in Health Informatics. I spend most of my time either doing schoolwork or taking care of my daughter. I would not have it any other way I believe that Noel spending time with me is important to helping her learn life skills.
To answer the question what its like to raise a child that is special needs is a hard one to answer. I have seen normal children that throw temper tantrums in the middle of the mall where all I could think is I am lucky to not have to deal with that. I don't think raising a child with special needs is anything to be looked upon with pity. I think that parents of special needs children have a different set of challenges to face than normal parents.