Parents today fast a whole host of issues they did not face in previous generations. An old saying teaches it takes a village to raise a child, and that is especially true in today’s world. Parents look to both live and digital resources to help them navigate the issues their kids face on a daily basis.
ADHD, Autism, and Anxiety
Rates of ADHD, Autism, and Anxiety are rising exponentially in children. Mostly, this is attributed to a better understanding of the conditions leading to higher rates of diagnosis. Children with a diagnosis of one condition often are at a higher risk for other mental health issues such as depression, OCD, or bipolar disorder. Additional diagnoses can pose a problem in diagnosing, especially if the child has autism and may not be able to articulate their feelings. For more information about parenting with mental health concerns, read more here.
A child with one or more diagnoses may require special assistance at school. A child with an ADHD or Autism diagnosis may have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that provides accommodations in a school environment for the student to be successful at school. These accommodations can include such things as doing tests in a distraction-free location, seating in the front of the class near the teacher, offering opportunities to get out of their seat and move around, visual cues about the daily schedule, reading testing material out loud, and other options that are specifically needed for the child. A school’s intervention team would be able to identify what items can be the most useful for the child during their day. Many parents of special needs children also find homeschooling as a good fit for their child. They can work individually, or with a very small group of children, helping to decrease overall distraction levels, and they can complete their schoolwork at their own pace.
Parents can struggle with feeling like they are enough when parenting their special needs children. These children can react to seemingly ordinary stimuli in non-typical ways, and parents are left struggling how to navigate parenting with these special circumstances. In addition to supporting their children, these parents need a village to support them in their journey. Reach out to other parents with children facing the same diagnoses, or parents who have raised their children and have sage advice.