The term ‘special educational needs’ has a legal definition. Children with special educational needs all have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. These children may need extra or different help from that given to other children of the same age.
Children with special educational needs may need extra help because of a range of needs, such as in thinking and understanding, physical or sensory difficulties, emotional and behavioural difficulties, or difficulties with speech and language or how they relate to and behave with other people.
Many children will have special educational needs of some kind at some time during their education. Schools and other organisations can help most children overcome the barriers their difficulties present quickly and easily.
Special educational needs have difficulties with:
• All the work in school.
• Reading, writing, number work or understanding information.
• Expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying.
• Making friends or relating to adults.
• Behaving properly in school.
• Organising themselves.
• Sensory or physical needs which may affect them in social areas.
How about the difficulties, challenges for the families :
“Recent studies found that a parent with autism diagnosed child have a stress level just like a soldier in a battle “
- Learning about the disability.
- Acceptance duration ( I have write an article about the stages of acceptance)
- Searching and organising effective treatment, therapists, diets, schools and many more.
- Coping with the emotional results of caring for individual with special needs.
- Paying for extra treatments that has not been covered by school or health insurance policies.
- About the child’s future.
- If child is having pain or surgery.
- Whether if they are good enough to cope with the new lifestyle.
- What will happen if one day we pass away?
- I shouldn’t make a mistake while caring my child. I must protect them from danger every second.
FEEL LIKE ISOLATED
- Can’t be able to join some organisations because of child’s disability
- Feeling not a part of friend or family group
- Facing with criticism and judgment of your parenting from others who don’t understand your child’s disability.
- I gave birth, I am responsible for the disability of my child.
- If I have been more careful, I could have noticed my child’s disability earlier and acted.
- I can’t spend enough time to my other kids
I can write down much more feelings cause difficulties for families or you can add much more. While coping with difficulties that your child live also need energy to over come these kinds of feeling.
From the moment they are diagnosed, children start their education and receive a lot of support to overcome difficulties. what about families?
Families that get into a very intense pace suddenly may feel exhausted after a short while.
At this point, the most sensitive point to be realized is that if the family cannot recover its strength mentally and physically, they cannot be of sufficient benefit to their children.
The development of the child, toilet training, behavior problems, sleep and eating problems, mobility, development of speech skills, social relations, self-care skills, motor skills, family education about all these issues will definitely help the family in what situation and how to behave.
In the family counseling part, the emotional ups and downs and how the parents feel, regardless of the child's situation, should definitely be addressed.
The family should be helped to continue on this long journey in a balanced and peaceful way.
I have been working in the field of Special Education since I graduated from Hacettepe University, Department of Psychology in 2001. I have a wide experience in Individual Education Responsibility Group Training Responsibility Education Coordinator Institution Founding I have a lot of long time experience in the Special Education Field, including the Director of the Institution.