5 Resources For Today’s Special Needs Parents:


5 Resources For Today’s Special Needs Parents:

February 28, 2016

We know raising children is not for the faint of heart. As our children grow we have encountered struggles with sleepless nights, temper tantrums, food struggles, best friend squabbles, and more. For parents raising children who have special needs these trials are often magnified, seeming insurmountable at times.


Burn Out For Parents Of Children With Special Needs

For the most part raising children who have special needs is a rewarding and beautiful experience, but there are inevitably days that we find ourselves encountering struggles that make us want to just give up and cry away the hurt. Stress comes with the territory as we juggle the demands of our family, work, extra services, and we can’t forget about our actual jobs. We are on call every minute, every day, and every week for the foreseeable future with no vacation time or sick leave.

Parents who have children with special needs or a disability ultimately want their children to thrive and be happy. Even though recent awareness for children with special needs has grown, it’s easy to overlook the needs of the parents who are caring for them. Meeting a child’s basic needs can be difficult as parents often assume unrelenting levels of responsibility which can become overwhelming in the long run.

Robin Goodman, a psychologist, in an interview said it best, It’s often trying so hard to be a good parent that can set a parent up for burnout. Setting a high standard for the kind of parent you want to be and being able to meet that standard adds pressure.

Few people like to talk about or consider that parental burnout is a real and common occurrence. If we fail to care for ourselves, we are ultimately putting the wellbeing of our children and spouses on the line. That is why it is essential to take advantage of the many resources available for today’s parents of children who have special needs.


5 Resources For Today’s Special Needs Parents:

Develop friendships and relationships with other parents. Parents of children with special needs can easily feel isolated, but the Canadian Institute of Child Health found that around 565,000 of our youth have disabilities and three million Canadians have learning disabilities. Reach out to others in similar situations for morale boosts, resource sharing, and friendship. And don’t forget you can turn to social media and the Internet to access forums or newsletters.

Find a support network. Consider finding friends or neighbors who are able to lend a hand when needed or hire someone to help provide care a few times a week in your home. Remember it’s okay to ask for help. This will allow you to enjoy your child and not become overwhelmed.

Create a financial plan to offer you peace of mind. Families everywhere struggle with finances, but money worries can be especially taxing if we face frequent medical emergencies that require us to miss work. Thankfully, there are a variety of resources available online to help us budget, plan, and save for all the what-ifs in life. Turn to Dave Ramsey, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, or call your financial planner to help.

Take advantage of technology and educational resources. Within the last decade, we have seen remarkable progress in assistive technologies for children with special needs. Whether your child has a learning disability or they struggle with communication skills, there is an app for everything today! Look for ways to enhance a child’s quality of life by using technology and online resources.

Remember to set aside time for you. Grant yourself permission to enjoy time to unwind. Go ahead and read a new book, relax in the bathtub, hang out with your pals, or enjoy a movie. Some down time will help you be a better parent and prevent you from suffering burn out.


What resources does your family utilize?

cassiebrewerCassie Brewer is a journalist living in Southern California. She is passionate about helping others look and feel their best and finds that one of the best ways to accomplish this is through the foods that we eat. Check out some more of her blogs

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  1. […] technology and easy access to information can connect us to a wealth of resources to help us combat parental burnout and meet the needs of our children with a mere tap of our fingers. To maximize the strengths of our […]

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