While many families of children with special needs will tell you they see their child as a real blessing, it doesn’t change the fact that a child with special needs presents challenges for any family.
Most families experience major changes in their routines. It takes more time and attention to meet the child’s needs. Involvement in activities outside the home is limited by the demands of caring for special needs. Added to that is the fact that going out in public often draws unwanted attention, making it awkward and exhausting.
The family’s other children can feel left out and resentful of the attention required by the parents to care for the special-needs sibling. Because of the additional stress on the family, there can be increased emotional issues for family members, and they can even find themselves more susceptible to illnesses.
The demands of caring for special needs can also interfere with romance in the marriage and increase stress even more. The divorce rate is very high among parents of special needs kids.
Family finances are another consideration. The problem is two-pronged. Special needs often place a drain on financial resources. In addition, parents can find themselves missing work far beyond what is generally acceptable to employers in order to deal with a child in crisis.
If you know a family with a special-needs child, why not seek ways to help ease their burden! A little compassion can go a long way!
Paid for by Dr. Jim Hines for Governor; P.O. Box 5595, Saginaw, MI 48603