Maybe you already know someone with a special needs child. Perhaps, a friend or family member.
In this article, I hope to give you some simple ways that you can help the special needs parent in your life. Knowing what to say or do can be daunting for someone that doesn’t have experience with special needs parenting.
This is probably where many people, with the best of intentions, get scared off. Seeing what a special needs parent goes through can be a very overwhelming experience for anyone.
It may even seem so dire that one might feel that they have nothing to offer, that could be of any benefit. I hope to change that by sharing a few very simple, very basic ideas, which can provide much-needed relief to a special needs parent and let them know that they aren’t alone.
So, you have a friend or loved one that is a special needs parent. Do you want to offer help or support but don’t know what you could do? First of all, let me thank you for showing compassion, concern, and love for the special needs parent in your life.
Honestly, to a special needs parent, just knowing that someone cares is really important. In fact, it’s so important, that I don’t think it can be overstated.
The first thing you should know is that typically, the special needs parent will never ask for help.
Often, they know how overwhelming their life and struggles can be, and they don’t want to burden anyone. Perhaps they don’t feel that anyone understands what they’re going through. Maybe they don’t have family they can rely on.
If they do ask you for help, then it’s truly needed.
One of the things the special needs parent does very well, aside from raising amazing but challenging children, is suffering in silence. They have become so dedicated to their child that they often lose themselves in the process. You might not even notice this because a special needs parent will rarely if ever complain about it.
If you have ever wanted to offer help to a special needs parent but maybe don’t know how this article is for you.