Most parents and relatives of people with intellectual disabilities go through a process that makes them think about what actions to take to best support them.
For them, the need for support and guidance is evident because they must face aspects that even before talking about the presence of disability they were likely to not consider. Among them is the lack of knowledge of the disability itself and the care of a child with specific needs, for example.
So as a starting point toward the help parents of people with intellectual disabilities may need, here are some tips:
-It is necessary to document about the disability of the person . By having the greatest amount of knowledge about disabilities, the supports you can offer are greater. Everything that can be consulted with family members, books and professionals will help to have clear ideas and to know the subject better.
– Give your child homework . With his age, attention span, and abilities in mind, leave him some responsibilities.
– Know the laws of the country on disability . Each country has its own, so you have to know what governs the territory you are in. This will help with the daily performance of the person and their integration into society.
– Make a constant exchange of information about the progress of the person both at home and in other environments. Talks with the largest number of people with whom the person has a relationship are a priority to discuss their educational needs.
More things parents of people with intellectual disabilities can do
– Go to support programs , care centers and family associations. Both schools and educational institutions, as well as town halls and associations usually have programs aimed at parents and relatives of children with disabilities.
– Attend meetings with other parents. That way they can share practical advice and support on an emotional level.
– Be patient with your son . Your intellectual disability can make it difficult for you to perform in some areas. There are things you cannot control. You need support and tolerance.
– Look for group activities . Lack of friends can affect your child’s emotions. Look for opportunities within the community for social activities.
– Don’t be afraid to speak up and seek support by talking to professionals , such as your family doctor or specialists in the field, they are committed to offering all kinds of help and can recommend many sources with useful information.