Disciplining children can be one heck of a task on its own. When you are responsible for disciplining a child with special needs, it can get even more hectic. You will sometimes be unable to tell what they need or why they are behaving the way they are, and you will get frustrated and irritated.
Children with special needs, especially at a young age, can be very challenging to discipline and you may want to hire help for them. Here’s a list of things you need to do to accomplish the almost impossible task of disciplining a child with special needs.
Learn About the Special Need
Before trying to discipline your child into being a perfect child, you have to learn in detail about his needs. This will give you an idea of whether it is even possible to achieve what you are expecting from him. Secondly, it will give you a sense of empathy and you will put yourself in the child’s shoes before complaining about anything.
Consistency and Routine
You have to be consistent in your efforts. If you fail once in achieving something, you can not just let it go. You have to develop a routine so that even if the child develops a habit, he does not fall out of it. You have to keep on repeating the exercise to make it a part of his life that will always stay with the child.
Before starting this activity, you should define what you want to achieve from this. This can range from wanting your child to behave nicely in front of guests to wanting him to be a better person overall.
Reward and Consequences
Reward and consequences work best with children with special needs. If they know beforehand that they will be rewarded for finishing their food or they will be punished for spilling it, they will act accordingly for sure. Appreciate your child’s efforts towards being a better person for you.
You can’t just get frustrated with children with special needs. You have to be calm and composed and you have to be clear in what you want them to do and why it needs to be done. Only this way you can get things done and your child will be disciplined.
Put in Trust
Put trust in your child. Tell him repeatedly that you trust him and that you think they can accomplish what needs to be done. This will help you and your child get things done effectively and efficiently.
If all else fails, you can always hire professional help to do so but keep in mind that your special needs children can never learn things from a stranger as perfectly as he can learn it from you, so you’ll always have to be in the picture.