One of the most rewarding things about living with a special child is watching their success and improvement each day. Their achievements in simple task such as eating and feeding themselves are teaching the life skills that are important for their growth and development. It is essential for a special child to learn the basic life skills that will help prepare them for adulthood. With the proper training a special child can be independent and well behaved. When you are living with a child who has special needs your ultimate goal is to teach them how to be a productive member of society.
There are a large number of resources you can use to help a special child improve their basic living skills. Occupational therapists who work with special children use a variety of assessments to identify problems that are related to daily living or social activities. With the help of equipment and tools, therapist can identify problem areas and use specific activities to help improve the life skills of children with special needs. Some of the methods they use include positioning the child during an activity, dividing the activity into smaller sections so the child will not become frustrated, and making each skill a fun game instead of a learning activity.
Occupational therapists also work with special children who rely on family members for daily living task. The therapist will supply helpful suggestions regarding making changes to certain areas of the home like the bathroom, or increasing the workspace in your child’s bedroom. You may be required to purchase special equipment such as a hoist for heavy lifting, bed blocks that are used to raise and lower the bed, and personal items that your child may need such as a wheelchair. Special items for your child’s bed can help reduce bending.