Being a parent to a child with special needs comes with a unique set of challenges as well as rewards.
Your child, being the centre of your world, is everything that you would want to do everything for, no matter how overwhelming it can be.
As a parent of a special needs child, quite often, you feel a huge responsibility that not only you have to help your child improve, more importantly, for them to eventually be able to stand on their own when they grow up.
Thus, you spent a lot of time and effort trying to understand how to help. Suddenly, a lot of information comes to you - what is Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder... The next minute you are lost in a sea of endless appointments with therapists and professionals with your child.
At this juncture, you could be facing these set of unique challenges.
Even as you turn to other parents for advice, forums or internet for tips, education experts and therapists for help, you might not always get the solutions or answers that are useful and effective for your child.
Sometimes, you could also be wondering what more you can do for your child.
And you are not alone.
Being a parent to a child with special needs, a certified Brain Gym® Instructor, and having worked with several professional therapists and special needs educators, I realized it is not always just about our children.
Speaking for myself and many other parents whom I’ve coached, often, it is us as parents who could be affecting and influencing the development of our children in many ways.
On top of that, how we can work together with school teachers, allied educators, therapists and family members can also make a huge difference supporting our children as they grow.
When it comes to raising children with special needs, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.
This is where coaching comes in to work closely with parents, educators and therapist to bridge the gaps between your child, yourself (parents), the school, family and society.
Over the years of coaching my daughter and other parents in similar roles and seeing significant improvements, I have developed a five-phase process to help parents expand their resourcefulness and develop a healthy learning relationship with their child, with themselves and others:
Before anything else, awareness of your child’s situation and how you can play a part is critical. This involves understanding your child’s diagnosis and assessment - what it means and what you can do to support him or her effectively.
We help you identify any gaps that could be underlying the dynamics between your child’s condition, yourself, school, family, therapists and social context so that you can bridge them. This is where most parents are stuck, jumping from one method to another that could cost them much more than they’ve realized without further improvements.
By cultivating the right areas in how they communicate, how they learn and how to self-regulate their emotions and behaviours, your child would then be more able to sustain any previous improvements and continue to develop their potential further.
Every child is unique. This is especially so for children with special needs. We work closely with parents to design their outcomes, managing their expectations and where they can follow through so that they create an effective ecosystem of learning and development.
One common question parents would ask is that how they can prepare their child to be more independent and fit into society as they grow. Once the foundations of your child’s development is set right, we work closely with parents and their children in empowering them with life skills so that they can thrive in their future.
How can I learn more about the coaching program? Is our situation suitable for coaching? What can we expect out of coaching?
As there aren’t one-size-fits-all answers, we would need to evaluate on a case-by-case basis.
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