No matter how big or small the achievement for us as parents of special needs children, we need to celebrate every good thing our child achieves.
Whether it be a successful hospital appointment or blood test, a body movement that they have been working on for quite some time or a new word they have mastered, its important to mark it with a celebration as it will build their self-esteem in immeasurable ways.
Our special needs children are continuously learning and developing with them all having their own milestones. There is no such thing as a small accomplishment. I’ve learned never to take a moment for granted.
So for this week’s blog I wanted to share with you some of my sensory child’s and his friend’s achievements and to celebrate how hard these guys have worked.
Lily was born prematurely at 26 weeks and has certain food allergies but she recently passed her dairy challenge with flying colours and is working hard everyday to overcome Sensory aversions with food. Way to go Lily!
Marc has a rare brain disorder called Lissencephaly. We are celebrating how hard has been working with trying to weight bare through his arms. It takes a huge amount of coordination and effort for him to control his arms and push through them while trying to also control his head and neck as well as his torso and legs as well as his senses - both vision and hearing. He is a SUPERSTAR!
Gabe has Autism –We are celebrating a rare photo of him with a stuffed toy. He sometimes likes either puppy or his stuffed bear Coco. Very cute Gabe!
Nate has an eye condition called Microphthalmia. He recently attended the hospital for some tests and was such a brave boy! Well done Nate.
Tristan has an immune deficiently, Low vision and epilepsy. We are sharing his recent haircut, which he didn’t have a meltdown and sat as good as gold for! Doesn’t he look smart! Good job Tristan.
There are many ways you can celebrate your child's success. Here are some tips:
1. Positive reinforcement
All children thrive on positive reinforcement and simple words make a big impact on children.
Good job,Well done and I'm so proud of you are fantastic examples.
In addition to verbal praise simple actions which encourages affection are also brilliant reinforcements.
My son loves a hug, a thumps up or a high five!
If children get a good response, they'll be motivated to do more of the same.
2. A reward sticker
Rewarding children can be a great visual source as children see the sticker on their jumper or chart and they can be proud of their achievements.
3. A special treat
To celebrate a milestone or success with your child, you could take them for a special treat to show them how proud you are of them. This could be anything from the beach, the park, a picnic, a trip to the cinema, a meal out or a new toy or book.
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