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Caregiving For a Handicapped Child: Pros and Cons

Working with handicapped children or children with special needs could be one of the most rewarding experiences. Seeing a handicapped child learn and discover new things will give joy to your heart but it is very challenging to give care to one. Check out some advantages and disadvantages below.

PROS

First, you should give yourself a pat on the shoulder because you are making a big difference in the life of the handicapped child. By taking good care of the child with special needs, you are building a brighter future to him or her. The child learns a lot from you, which includes self-care skills. Your support to the child makes them feel good thus boosting their ego. Your care makes them feel accepted and loved and you should be proud of that accomplishment.

Another great advantage in caring for a handicapped child is the rewarding feeling you get when you form significant relationships with him/her. Since you are with the child at a longer time than others, he/she sees you as a mentor. You are influential to his/her life. With your proper guidance and support, you are positively creating an impact into their lives.    

CONS

Working with a child with physical and mental disability is very stressful. The child may go through some meltdowns, tantrums, and uncontrollable behavior. The handicapped child may refuse to follow your command or reject your assistance.

As a caregiver, your physical health may be negatively affected. You may be required to lift the child. This could build back and shoulder pain if done regularly. Also, occasional violent behaviors of a special child could also result to injury.

Handicapped children or children with special needs requires a lot of your time, effort, support and love. They asks for your acceptance and empathy. As a caregiver, it is your task to support them with their special needs and bring happiness to their lives by motivating them to do things they want to do and praise them in their accomplishments. When providing care to children with disabilities, it is important to note that caregivers should meet their own needs first so that they could also effectively care for the child with disability.

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