Are You Holding Your Child With Special Needs Back?

Are You Holding Your Child With Special Needs Back?

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Do you ever just get so caught up in everyday challenges that it’s a luxury to step back and take a look at the big picture?  Who does that for you?  Are you sure that you are moving your child/children ahead so that everyday you are working toward that goal of independence?

Being that second set of eyes on a problem is one of the things I do for the teachers I coach.  Sometimes the simplest solution makes a teacher say, “DUH!!!  Why didn’t I think of that?”  Sometimes I’ll suggest that a teacher allow the student to do something, like set his own schedule for the next day.  Again I’ll get a response like, “Oh yea, great idea!!”.

I remember listening to a teacher who was concerned that a student was having sensory needs.  She then went on to say that she took this student with her when she delivered reams of paper to the teacher’s lounge.  I suggested that she let him pull the wagon to deliver the paper.  This activity would help take care of his sensory issue and give him a pre-vocational task.  The look on her face was priceless as she said, “Well, of course!!!  That’s perfect!

I suggested to another teacher that she allow one of her non-verbal students to announce the lunch menu, and take attendance with her voice output device.  Sometimes it’s just hard to remember to MOVE ON!

These are just simple examples of assistance that another person can give, but what about the really important things in that big picture of life?  Both teachers AND parents need someone to help stretch out that view of what is crucial in doing what is best for our children in terms of enhancing their independence.

Take a look at the video and see if you are doing some things to hold your child back!!!

When my kids were younger, I used to have a visual of all the areas I wanted to pay attention to.  Education, medical, spiritual, nutrition, social, emotional, creating memories etc.  I had four little lives that I was responsible for and I wanted to make sure that I was taking the steps that would lead me toward the goals that I wanted for them.   I had each child’s name written down the left side of the paper and the various areas listed across the top.  I can tell you that taking care of all of these things for four children was a challenge and I didn’t want to miss anything because I was too busy and “forgot” to plan for something.  I called my spreadsheet my RAAG,  Responsibilities At A Glance.  

Perhaps after watching the video, you can develop your own RAAG sheet for your children whether in the classroom or your child at home.

You don’t want to hold your child/children back, so step back, take a look at your RAAG sheet and make sure that you can see the big picture. You want to make sure you are moving along that road of independence.  The quality of your child’s future depends upon that!!

Would love to hear about your RAAG sheet!  Leave a comment below!

See you next time!


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