Regardless of our working titles (parent, therapist, teacher), we are all educators for our children. We are responsible for teaching our children how to be the best “them” that they can be. In order to be effective educators, we should keep foremost in our minds what it is that motivates our child to learn. If we have a child with special needs, we are required to become creative in the motivational techniques we employ to engage children in the learning process.
For those of us who have kids with special needs, there’s an added list of challenges to the ones that all couples endure. Statistics say our marriages are harder to make work, but I believe you can use anything as a reason to “fail.”
Hanna Bowen is a 15 year old Autistic that has been diagnosed since the age of 3. She has very limited verbal skills and struggles with social skills. She is the oldest of 4 siblings and they are her biggest protectors.
Most mornings are the same – I tell H.* to get dressed and he puts his pants on his head while wandering around asking me if I’ve seen them. I tell him it’s time for breakfast and he yells, “You’re not the boss of me!” When we leave the house he pretends to hit me and says he’s just kidding. By the time the school bus comes I leave for work already exhausted mentally, physically and emotionally and we still have to get through the evening.
The majority of boys suffering with ADHD have awful relationships with their fathers. “Suffering” meaning the boys can’t get a hold of their own impulsivity, their distractibility, their erratic behavior, and the worst part is that their self-esteem is very low. “Majority” being over 50%.
Many people think about executing a Power of Attorney when they become elderly and are no longer able to handle their financial affairs. However, everyone should have at least one in place regardless of your age or health status.
Meet Sarah W, a Special Needs caregiver with College Nannies and Tutors. She’s been with College Nannies for over a year and a half while also volunteering for a few causes. Sarah is a volunteer certified EMT and a recreation therapy volunteer at Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Year after year, she has volunteered at a therapeutic riding center working with children with special needs. Sarah graduated VCU with a criminal justice major and a minor in Russian. She speaks Russian fluently and she tutors algebra!
We added a puppy to our mix of 3 kids, 1 mom, 1 dad and 1 dog a few months ago. Crazy? Maybe, but the bond that Marky has with both of these animals is bigger than I can even explain.
The Miracle League of Richmond Virginia 2015 Baseball Spring Season is just around the corner. Have you registered your child to play or volunteer? We begin play Saturday April 11th and each Saturday through June 13th 2015. Our game times are at 9am, 10:30.
Some will be educational while others may be more fun with a component for learning.