Special Need Children: Inclusion in Household Duties
- December 12, 2019
Every child with special needs must feel included in terms of participating and helping around the house. A child with cerebral palsy, autism or any other special need can still be included in maintaining the household duties. When a child participates in the household chores it is part of their ongoing life education because it fosters team playing skills, it will give them a feeling accomplishment while helping to instill a sense of independence and participation. It is not a good idea to exclude a child from participating in the household duties because it is better to send the message that they are valuable and useful in their home. Every child with any special needs can be included in household duties by helping in many different ways. Do not underestimate autism-friendly spaces and participation because bringing out the best in everyone is fostered by inclusion and participation. If you are looking for ways to deal with a special needs child, be sure to include them in the household duties.
Motivation and Learning New Skills
Most kids need added motivation when it comes to learning new skills around their home. This includes learning how to help with chores. Activities for children with special needs can and should include household participation. A diagnosis of ADHD autism, cerebral palsy or any special need diagnosis does not need to lead to feelings of uselessness. Instilling confidence will foster higher self-esteem in any child. Every parent can start to motivate their child by setting aside a time to work together on the household chores as a family unit. The following tips will foster ongoing motivation:
* break the tasks into smaller duties and prevent your child from becoming overwhelmed
* make the household chores fun and turn it into a game to avoid boredom
* reward when jobs are completed properly
* use a timer to help your child to know when it is time to start their chores
* work with your child on the chores
* add a few more chores over time to build confidence
These are a sample of ideas to help with motivation. Education includes participating in the home and learning new skills. Children with cerebral palsy and austim are capable of participating in the household duties and it will build strong bonds for everyone.
Feeling Useful and Gaining Independence
When special needs children are taught to participate in the household chores, they feel useful and their confidence will rise. Added patience and time will teach a child excellent life skills. Everyone feels good when they can confidently participate in their own environments.
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