“How come I’m not like other kids?” This can be an absolutely heart-wrenching question for any parent of a child with special needs to answer.
Difficult as it may be, it's important to be willing to talk to your child about their disability. It is part of their identity. Talking about their special needs will reduce the chances that your child will feel ashamed, embarrassed, or confused about who they are. They will also be better able to explain themselves to others, with confidence.
“I got detention for forgetting my book three times in a row,” read Michael’s text. His mother wasn’t surprised. Michael was diagnosed with ADHD when he was eight years old, and she’s received other messages saying he misplaced or even forgot to do his homework. His mother hoped that he’d be more organized by 13, and she wonders if this is typical teenage behavior or if it’s due to his ADHD.
Costumes, Halloween parties with sugary treats, trick-or-treating, and spooky decorations are fun and exciting for most kids, but for a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Halloween celebrations can be very overwhelming. A child with SPD has trouble processing input from any of the five senses in a normal way – what is background music to others may be loud and distracting to a kid with SPD, costumes may feel too itchy, make-up may feel sticky, and masks may have a strong scent or may be too restricting for kids with SPD.
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