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Opening The Lines Of Communication: Being An Advocate For Your Differently Abled Child
Written by Jacob C. Herman
Opening the Lines of Communication: Being an Advocate for Your Differently Abled Child
Most children with disabilities have trouble communicating effectively with their peers, and they are quite incapable of maintaining relationships with others. They feel insecure when they are in the company of people who are not closely related to them, because they are aware that they are different from other kids. This can be unhealthy as it can lead to increased isolation from the world, which may in turn result in serious mental problems.
Probably, the only people who can influence children with disabilities are their parents or siblings. It is important for parents of disabled children to promote self-confidence in their kids and encourage them to communicate more frequently with other children. Most disabled children fail to develop good relationships with their peers because they do not have the ability to interpret verbal and non-verbal communication accurately. They are more sensitive to jokes and teasing than ordinary kids, and they fail to see from the tone of expression and body language that the verbal expression means no harm.
Parents of children with disabilities should teach their kids to identify non-verbal implications, so that they will learn to respond to body language in a more positive way. With the ability to read people and situations better, they will be able to resolve conflicts and form lasting relationships with their peers. As disabled children begin to gain positive social experiences, they will become less dependent on their parents, and they can live a normal life as other kids do. There are many call centers and voicemail services for parents of kids with disabilities.
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- Bullying of Disabled Children: (PDF Document) A guide for parents whose disabled children are victims of bullying.
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- Special Child: Website that offers a wide range of information for parents and caregivers of special needs children.
- Raising Deaf Kids: A website dedicated to providing information and support for parents of deaf kids.
- Phone Communication for Deaf Children: (PDF Document)Instructions on how to use TTY, a tool that makes it possible for deaf people to communicate over the phone.
- Center for Parents of Children with Disabilities: Website with information and advice for parents of disabled children.
- Resources for Advocacy of Differently Abled Children: Lots of helpful information for parents of children with special needs.
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- Federal Resources for Parents of Disabled Children: List of federal organizations that provide valuable information for those who are parenting special needs children.
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- Resources on Children with Disabilities: A resource page with links to websites that contain information and support for parents of children with special needs.
Written by Jacob C. Herman