Before I had my son, I spent two years working with children with disabilities. This blanket statement covered a whole range of additional needs and diagnoses, including tourette’s syndrome, autistic spectrum disorder, down syndrome, and severe behavioural difficulties, amongst many others. The young people ranged from aged three to eighteen.
I learned very quickly that shouting and threats of punishment, such as loss of privileges, could escalate a bit of a situation in to an almighty catastrophe. Coming up against the behaviour and trying to lay down the law, only served to make my job harder and the behaviour more extreme.
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Welcome to the March 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting With Special Needs
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how we parent despite and because of challenges thrown our way. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
Before I had my son I was working for a charity, setting up clubs for children with disabilities. This time in my life was challenging, eye opening and ultimately extremely rewarding. The children who attended the clubs ranged in age from three to eighteen years old and their disabilities were varied from asperger’s syndrome to spastic quadriplegia, down syndrome to cerebral palsy, autism to global developmental delay. The experiences I had whilst working with these children helped shape the parent I am today.
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