Tips for parents with Down’s syndrome child –
Down’s syndrome has no cure, but the medical complications associated with Down syndrome can be treated and managed. Treatment for Down syndrome is specific to an individual’s needs. So, it’s very important for parents to understand the basics of good parenting skill for handling a special child. Here we have mentioned few but important tips for parents.
#1 Accept the fact-
Accept the reality as it is. Your child has some disability- it might be physical or learning or any other. But having a disability does not mean he/she is a burden to the society. Acceptance of the fact will enable you to reach for a better and precise action. Never hide the fact, it’s never an embarrassment nor a curse. Keep high degree of patience, conviction and commitment. It takes years to bring the child up. It is an ongoing process, thus enjoy every bit of it. Next, leave no stone upturned, listen to all, try everything but take your own decision.
#2 Teach to love and be loved-
Children are innocent, and calls for pure love. If you do not love your child, he/she will never love himself/herself. Spend quality time with your child.
#3 Be positive–
Strongly believe that God has chosen you as able parents to bring-up a very special child, who can blossom with your special care, love, support and encouragement. Remember Stephen Hawking, who has proven that even an increasing neurological disorder cannot stop an intelligent mind from revealing the mysteries of the universe. Or Mark Inglis, who climbed Mount Everest with an artificial limb. They teach us one thing – nothing is impossible.
#4 Identify talent and channelize it–
Never thrust your wishes on the child.
Encourage his/her strengths.
Do not try to become the controller of his/her destiny.
Remember the child is a differently abled child.
Be his/her friend, guide and facilitator.
Remember, every child is gifted with some talents. Identification of talents is difficult but necessary.
#5 Hide your stress-
Learn to hide your pressure and stress. Never let the child develop a feeling that the parents are in deep trouble. TRUST that no one else can be as focused for his/her welfare as his/her parents, so be cool and have energy for him/her always.
#6 Last but not the least – Never Giveup.