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Cope with behavioural problems in children with disabilities in these ways

When you have a child with a disability, it is important to follow certain steps to help them improve their behaviour. Since there are no hard and fast rules, parents must keep trying out new techniques. These tips are going to help parents work on improving the behaviour of their child in a positive way.

Being a parent is not an easy task because your child will demand constant attention. When you have a child with a disability, it can be more challenging. They might lag behind in academics or have difficulties in interacting with others. But with the right guidance, children with disabilities can improve their skills.

First, accept the fact that every child has a different set of needs and requirements. A child with autism will not be great at social interaction, something a child with Down syndrome would be extremely good at it. If needed, consult an expert to understand how best to reach out to your child.

As primary caregivers, parents must keep track of their children's progress. There are many things that they can do to reduce reduce tantrums and make their children understand the do's and don'ts.

Himabindu M Gattu, co-founder of the Abhilasha Research Centre for Children with Special Needs (ARCCSN) in Hyderabad says patience is key.

Nowadays, many parents are busy with work and don't have enough time for their children which makes them find ways to seek attention. This can be disturbing at times. It is important that both parents play an important role in development of the child. Like for instance, you can reward them by telling that you would read out a story when they do something good. Do not go for physical punishments because that would have adverse effects on the child. - Himabindu M Gattu, Co-founder, Abhilasha Research Centre for Children with Special Needs

Here are some tips to improve behaviour of your child with a disability

  • Acknowledge positive behaviour - It is important to let them know when they do something good. This helps boost confidence in the child.
  • Consistency is the key - A routine makes the child feel confident and safe because they know what to expect the next day. Set standards for your child and this way they will work on improving their skills.
  • Believe in your child - Never give up on your child and stay with them through thick and thin. Bad behaviour is definitely not acceptable and penalising them is important but never give up.
  • Define expectations - Is it important to have a plan on how to help improve your child's behaviour. It is always best to keep it simple and easy. Help them set behavioural goals which they can do without any hassles. Once they complete that, give them the next ones.

"I have noticed that many young parents lose their cool fast when their child does certain things. But it is important to be patient and understanding. Rewarding your child when they do something good is a nice gesture. But too much of that can do more of bad than good, says Prema Raviprasad, who is parent to an adult with autism.

ALSO READ: Some tips for caregivers of people with disabilities

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