Resources for Parents Part 2

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Resources for Parents Part 2

March 24, 2016

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Have you heard the popular coach anthem, “There is no I in team”?

Whether you slapped a puck around on the ice or took up baseball, coaches around the world would repeatedly chant this saying to players over and over. Fast forward a few years, and this saying still rings true today. However, we have traded in our team colors and jerseys for pay checks and raising children. We have joined the game of parenthood and need to rely on our teammates to help us win at rearing children who are champions at life no matter what curveballs they encounter.

Raising children with special needs can be very rewarding, but we all have those days where we feel that we are striking out at the same time. It’s no secret that keeping up with the demands of our families while juggling work and daily life can be overwhelming at times. Some days it is a miracle that we put a balanced dinner on the table (even if it means going through the local carry out lane) and managed to conquer the piles of homework, appointments, and activities that we squeezed in before supper.

Thankfully, today’s 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 “team” and help us succeed along our journey, we have compiled a list of resources, places to visit, and ideas to utilize.  

Eleven Resources For Parents

 

  1. Turn to other parents and social media communities for moral support. Simply type in a condition or disability and you will see a host of forums or groups pop up in the search. To help you on your way, check out this compiled list of 50 great websites for parents of children with special needs.
  1. Take advantage of Canadian online educational resources and information that are available to the public. One benefit of a technology driven society is the wealth of data and resources at our fingertips. Follow the above links to maximize or extend a child’s education at home.
  1. Look for financial tips and vital tax information for Canadian families that have children with special needs. Raising children who require special services, medicine, equipment, and nursing care can tax any budget. Make sure you are aware of programs and tax credits you qualify for. To help you, Autism Ontario has a great resource list on their site.
  1. Utilize the plentiful mp3 files and audiobooks on the market to listen to assignments. Many libraries and online retailers allow you to simply download files to your tablets, phones, computers, and more. Some popular apps are also able to convert any PDF to a voice. Listening can help children comprehend assignments and reduce the stress that often accompanies reading.
  2. Use math software and apps that allow children to overcome physical limitations by solving problems on tablets. Calculator apps are numerous and advanced, check out Tom’s Guide for a review of some of the best math apps on the market. Consider ones that are able to read aloud problems or transform written work over into the calculator app.

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  1. Seek out graphic organizers or concept maps to structure thoughts and ideas. Ditch the notecards and sticky notes, and consider using apps to take notes in class or outline writing assignments.
  2. Look for Optical Character Recognition technology to bypass physical limitations with pencil, paper, and the physical act of writing.
  3. Reinforce what a child has been learning in school by downloading educational games on a child’s electronic device. To help narrow down your choices, consider Imagination Soup’s suggestions for their favorite educational apps for kids.
  4. Take advantage of speech-recognition software. These programs enable children to speak their ideas into a device and have it turned into written words. This helps kids who have stronger oral skills over traditional pen and paper ones.
  5. Monitor a child’s online activity to ensure they are being safe and not encountering any dangerous situations. Unfortunately, children who have special needs are often targeted by cyberbullies. Take advantage of apps that allow you to access a child’s phone, text messages, and Internet activity for peace of mind.
  6. Learn sign language to help children communicate their needs and wants better. Take advantage of cheap apps, like ASL Dictionary, to extend a child’s vocabulary.

 

What other resources would you recommend to parents who are raising children with special needs?

 

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Cassie 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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