A Product of Disability Access: Empowering Tribal Members with Disabilities & Their Families
by Spirit Lake Consulting, Inc.
Your best choice is to try to arrange your family life so that behavior problems are avoided before these happen. The same things you would do with any child will often work, you just may need to make some slight adjustments for your child with a disability.
1. Have reasonable expectations. If your child has mental retardation, autism or other severe disability, don't expect him or her to be at the same level your other children were at the same age. This can be easier said than done, especially if your child does not look any different from other children. Be sure your child can understand your instructions. Try giving shorter, simpler directions. Instead of:
2. If you know your child has a short attention span, don't take her places she has to sit quietly or walk along with you for a long period of time. Dr. De Mars' tells this story,
"When my daughter was about three years old, we went Christmas shopping. Since we have a big family, we were out for a long time, in the crowds, noise and general chaos. Finally, my daughter looked up to me and said,
'Mom, we have to go home now, I am all out of good.' "
Sometimes the problem is us. When adults don't take the child's limitations into account and she is too tired, too bored or too sleepy to keep from crying or whining, whose fault is it?
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