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How to support your special needs children

Special needs children can accomplish a lot, especially when supported and encouraged. We shouldn't let limitations keep us from our dreams. Support the dreams of your children and yourself. Spread happiness and love.
Wendy Jessen, FamilyShare Modified: July 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm •  Published: July 23, 2014

When was the last time you let "I can't" rule your dreams? We often let perceived limitations stop us from accomplishing our goals and dreams. But, what about people with special needs, who have legitimate physical or mental limitations, that accomplish so much more than expected?

One amazing man did just that. Tim Harris, owner of Tim's Place in Albuquerque, NM, has overcome obstacles to achieve amazing results. While serving "breakfast, lunch and hugs" daily, Harris also happens to have Down's Syndrome. At 14-years-old, he told his parents he was going to own a restaurant some day. And now he does.

One of the keys to his success was having supportive parents who encouraged and supported him along the way despite his special needs. Though they were initially shocked and taken aback, ultimately, they helped him achieve his goal.

For parents of special needs children, there is a fear accompanied when their child want to try a new activity or learn a new skill because no one likes to see their child disappointed. Though the goal may seem out of reach to you, here are some ways to help your child succeed.

Rules for success

Karen Osborn wrote an article in PsychCentral that suggests some guidelines to help your special needs child succeed.

  • Start new activities informally and see how it goes.
  • Next, "look for a teacher who is relaxed and demonstrates some knowledge of, or interest in, working with a child who has a disability," Osborn says.
  • Make sure the activity is fun and that your child is reminded of the pure joy of the activity, rather than forcing or doing something that is no longer enjoyable.
Ways to encourage

"How to Encourage" offers some ideas to encourage a child with special needs, as well as their parents.

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