Parenting

Children With Physical Disabilities

Children with physical disabilities

include children who suffer various disorders like neuromuscular, pulmonary disorder etc. These children have special needs and need special care. In order to meet these needs, parents and society in general should make a conscious attempt not just to meet the needs but to absorb these children into society.

Helping Physically Disabled Children

Children with physical disabilities can study in mainstream schools with their peers. Teachers must be trained to understand their condition and try to meet their needs. Then other students will learn through observation how to help children with special needs.

Special needs children may need wheelchairs.  Parents and teachers should have open conversations about the needs of the child so that the school is better prepared to assist and even probably make changes to the school, like providing ramps, to facilitate the use of wheel chairs..

As parents, you naturally would want to learn as much as you can about your child’s condition. You need answers and you need to be ready to answer your child’s questions. When you are well-informed you can allay any fears and you as parent, are in the best position to do this. There are many websites from which you can get clear information not just on different conditions but also, in some instances, information according to  age group.

Here are some suggestions:

  •  KidsHealth.org focuses on health for young children, teens and parents. You can select an age group and learn about specific disabilities or conditions. If you don’t know what exactly you look for, just type ‘physical disabilities’. .
  • KidSource OnLine is another informative source. It provides information about children’s health and education.
  • The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is a source from which you can get some information about disabilities in infants, children and teens.

Children with physical disabilities need special care and extra love.  Don’t be afraid to explore the websites related to the disabilities.

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