It became obvious to me almost immediately that it wasn’t the child who needed ‘quick and responsive’ help – it was the parent. As she sat there in the park with headphones on, occasionally yelling across the park at her child – this woman was in denial. Even I, a complete stranger realized that her child had ‘special needs’ – and that my friends would require a special focus and plan of action. I decided to reach out to the woman in the park in this way….
Emotions R Us takes a closer look at the families of ‘Special Needs’ children on the show today. The information, insight and guidance I’ll share with you today is worthy of your complete focus. Have a pen and paper close by, make some notes, and remember you can reach out anytime with a question or idea by simply emailing me at DrBev@AmericaOutLoud.com. Here are a few tips for you to start the conversation off, but we’ll dive into the topic today and discover alternate methods for you and your family.
- Be consistent
- Stick to a schedule
- Reward good behavior
- Create a home safety zone
- Look for nonverbal cues
- Find out the motivation behind the tantrum
- Make time for FUN
- Pay attention to your child’s sensory sensitivities