“The only true disability is the inability to accept and respect differences” is a quote that aptly highlights how we should accept and understand who is different from us. A differently-abled child requires special care and guidance to suitably address their needs by which they can shine as bright as any other child.
Often, there are many stigmas attached to having a physical disability such as paralysis, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, visual or hearing impairments and with mental disabilities, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, autism, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities. These disabilities are caused by several hereditary and environmental factors. Though they are not entirely reversible, it is essential to understand that early interventions are vital for your child to develop the necessary skills to live independently.
How to seek professional help?
It is essential to be aware of the professional services that may help your child with a particular issue or disability and to be mindful of the qualifications of your child’s psychologist, special educator, or therapist. It is also essential to read up on the disability your child is having and the help available. Do not hesitate to seek a professional’s benefit as it may help you mold a better future for your child.
The following are some of the most commonly available services that you can follow:
- Counseling and Consultation: Children are often referred to psychologists by teachers or parents. The first step is to understand the disability of the child. While physical disabilities may be easy to diagnose and visible, mental health issues or neurodevelopmental disabilities overlap. Only a professional such as a child psychologist, a rehabilitation psychologist, or a clinical psychologist may diagnose mental disabilities. Mental health experts, such as a counseling psychologist, a child psychologist, or a clinical psychologist, often conduct various assessments and carefully study the signs to diagnose the issue.
- Occupational Therapy: OT is one of the common therapeutic modalities that may be useful for children with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, epilepsy, or cerebral palsy. Occupational therapists make use of sensations and perceptions. They also help the child with many activities for cognitive development, attention and concentration, and sensory impairments.
- Physiotherapy: It is beneficial when the child is going through a physical disability such as cerebral palsy. It may help your child to deal with some of their movement, function, and overall well-being.
- Special Education: Children with intellectual and learning disabilities may benefit from special education. These children can study in regular schools, but at times, it may become difficult to cope due to their disability, and they may need extra assistance and different techniques to learn and grasp concepts. A great example will be the movie “Taare Zameen Par,” where Aamir Khan acted as a special educator for a child going through dyslexia.
Hence, being aware of such professional services may completely change the quality of life of your child and be incredibly beneficial to you as a parent. A helping hand or as guidance to help holistically raise your child.