Navigate Your Child’s Neurodiversity

Peace at Home April 22, 2024 | Ruth Freeman

Navigating neurodiversity can be a journey of surprises. All children need a nurturing environment that supports their growth and well-being. However, parents of neurodiverse children have more challenges in creating that environment. Here are some approaches to consider when thinking about how to best support your child:

  • Focus and build on your child’s strengths 
  • Develop communication skills that foster a positive connection
  • Validate your child’s experiences even when they don’t make sense to you
  • Get to know your child’s sensory needs
  • Create sensory-friendly environments at home
  • Advocate for your child’s needs at school and get help to do so if you meet with resistance
  • When your child experiences sensory overload – remain calm, speak less, remember proprioception (or learn about that if you don’t already understand it. 

Celebrating children’s differences can enrich not only their lives but also the lives of those around them. With love, acceptance, and the right support system, this approach to neurodiversity will invite growth, self-discovery, and lifelong wonder for the entire family.

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