When it comes to sensory processing issues, half of the battle is awareness and empathy. A child with a sensory processing disorder is living in a world that can become incredibly difficult, scary, and even painful at times. When things get hard for your child, and you can’t fully understand what they’re going through, then it can be hard on you as a parent too. But here are three things to remember to help encourage you and your child through tough times.
Embrace Their Strengths
Every child has strengths and weaknesses, regardless of whether or not they have a disability. You know your child better than anyone else, and if they struggle with a sensory processing disorder, then that is not what defines them as a person. By encouraging your child’s strengths, whether that is in sports, music, or more, then you will also build their self-confidence.
Room to Grow
Children change a lot as they get older, and they certainly grow quickly. Even if your child has a disability like a sensory processing disorder, it’s important to keep track of their developmental milestones. Set goals for them but remember to be patient as your child might reach certain goals at a different pace. That way, you will have something to look forward to and to celebrate as your child grows.
Mistakes are Okay
Often the best life advice is to learn from your mistakes. As a parent of a child with a sensory processing disorder, you might feel like you have a lot of pressure to protect your child. When something goes wrong, and your child gets upset or even hurt, then it’s an awful feeling. But you have to forgive yourself and remember that you’re doing your best. The important thing is to make sure that your child is alright and that they learn how to recover and grow when bad things happen.
The Connections Therapy Center
The Connections Therapy Center serves families of children and adolescents with disabilities and special needs. We are a team of experts in the fields of pediatric speech, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and behavioral sciences. As a team, we offer intensive hands-on therapy for children and adolescents, as well as informative and useful resources for families. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do to help your family, visit us online or give us a call at (301) 577-4333. Want to get more information on how to help your child thrive? Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.