While many children can’t wait for the holiday season, this time of year can mean extra stress for children with Autism and other disabilities. The interruption to their schedule, sights and smells that are unfamiliar, your home full of people and noise – it can all add up to an overwhelming experience.
The primary years of a child’s life are a significant time for his or her development. During this early moment in time, children accomplish the basic physical, cognitive, and social skills that lay the foundation for future progress, and these capabilities are reached according to predictable patterns. Typically, children with Down syndrome experience delays in certain areas of development, so early intervention is recommended. It can begin anytime after birth, but the sooner it starts, the better.
When a catastrophic event happens, like a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, children may be troubled by what they see or hear about the tragedy. They may react with emotions such as fear, worry, shock and grief.
You as a parent are your child with special needs best advocate. Let’s face it: you know your child like no one else does, and so when it comes to getting the best for him, you are the one who will always get it done. But getting started with the special education process can be daunting if you are new to all of it. The right resources and support can help make it a little easier.
Raising a child with a disability is expensive.
Professionals in the financial industry say that raising a child to adulthood costs close to $250,000 today. If you are a parent of children with special needs, you can expect to encounter costs as much as ten times that amount. And if you have a child who incurs regular medical costs, your expenses can reach more than $3 million over time.