YOU DON’T NEED TO BE
LOUD TO BE HEARD
If you are the kind of person who always thought of yourself as the shy and quiet type, you may soon surprise yourself.
As a parent you might speak to people more, and as a parent of a child with challenges, you will need to.
Children with specific needs may have different abilities from their peers and many don’t always have the ability to explain themselves. Your goal as a parent is to help other people understand your child. That might be a family in the playground or a kindergarten teacher or a dentist. You have an especially important role to play with any caregiver, making sure they know how best to help develop your child’s potential, understanding and respect her as a person.
Here are a few suggestions about when and how to speak up.
- If you are a person who is shy, reading information on how to talk to others about your child can be helpful.
- Practice role playing with a family member or friend on how you could talk about your child’s challenges, so that others can understand your child better.
- Before you realize it, speaking about your child’s challenges to different people will give you the confidence you need to successfully speak to anyone.