Parenting is not always easy and lockdown has added to the challenges. We look at some SEN support available.
Community support is available for parents. It helps to share challenges and to support each other.
Parenting is not always easy and lockdown has certainly added to the challenges. Many parents are finding it a struggle to balance work, their children’s homeschooling and the need to make some time for themselves. This can be especially difficult when you have a child with special needs. Parents of children with SEN are therefore sometimes in need of additional support.
Help is at hand. We’ve done a short round up on some options available.
We recognise that dads are not always the first person in the family to reach out for help. With this in mind, we have included some options aimed specifically at dads.
Being able to lean on the expertise, experience and resources of others who work with children with special needs and their families can make a real difference. You may find you need a combination of different types of support, from therapy or counselling, to familial support for practical care-giving, to educational support from occupational therapists or tutors.
As you progress and gain a sense of feeling supported from within your community, don’t lose sight of how you initially felt before you received the help you needed. Try to find ways to give back where you can. To help manage the pressures of special needs parenting, we should be willing to reach out and accept help. We should also be prepared to offer it. It is in community that we can make progress, knowing that we don’t journey alone.
You may find your community within a Facebook Group you belong to, a book club, a church or sports club, your family circle or a non-profit organisation you’ve dealt with.
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