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Preparing to Parent a Teen with a Disability

There are two types of disabilities. Those you are born with, and those you gain later in life because of an accident or underlying health condition. Being born with a disability is often easier as you go through the difficult coping period when you are young. You might not remember how hard it was for you getting used to blindness, or not being able to walk, because as a baby you didn't know any different. There are so many struggles as you grow, yes, but coping with the disability is not one of them.

Car accidents, sporting accidents, even invisible crises that occur within the body can all result in a new disability developing. What's worse is that your teen won't be at the maturity to handle it. Even short-term disabilities or disabilities that restrict movement, not disable it, can do their damage mentally.

There are specialists available to help teach your child how to regain their strength or live with their disability. It is up to you to follow this guide so that you can better parent them.

Apply for Government Grants to Update Your Home
Your child's home should be where they are most comfortable. That is why you should apply for government grants so that you may update your home to accommodate their new disability as soon as you can. The shorter time your home is hostile to your child, the better.

Watch for Signs of Trauma
Disabilities are traumatic. They can also occur because of a traumatic situation. Watch out for signs of trauma in your child so that you can react accordingly and get them the help that they need.

Help Them Find New Hobbies
Your child may not be able to do something that they used to love. In this case, helping them find new activities that they can do and fall in love with will help them feel like their options are still open, rather than feeling like they cannot do anything.

Connect Them With Children in Similar Situations
Unless you have the same disability as your child, you will never be able to truly empathize or be the role model that they need. Finding support groups or other parents who have children with the same disability or a similar disability can go so far. Organize dates to get together, or just go to the same group support group so that your teen can connect with those in the same situation that they are. Feeling alone is not something you want your teen to feel.

Seek Out Professional Treatment
If your teen is not coping well with their new disability, and are reacting with anger, are depressed, anxious, or even suicidal, then it is important to seek out professional treatment from They will help your teen through a variety of different therapies and holistic healing methods so that they can do more than just understand what has happened to them; they can come to terms with it.

Follow Professional Guidance
Your teen's therapist or rehabilitation center should work with you so that you can also develop the skills that you need to help parent a teen with a disability. These suggestions will be based on what your your teen needs, so work to build a healthy environment at home.