Parenting A Disabled Child

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Parenting a Disabled Child Parenting can be a difficult experience, regardless of the child having special needs or not. Many times parents can be tried by their child’s actions and reactions. Parenting style can greatly effect what the outcome of a child’s behavior will be (Raya, 2013). It is “understood as a constellation of attitudes in the child, of which they are informed and, together, form emotional environments in which parents’ behaviors are exposed” (Raya, 2013, p. 205). There are three groups of parenting style known as authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive (Raya, 2013). But, according to studies parenting styles encompass much more, showing children pay attention to tone of voice, gestures, expressions, and other behaviors …show more content…
A child is constantly responding to the parenting they are receiving, which should be considered when developing boundaries (Cloud & Townsend, 1998). Disabled children have an increasingly hard time processing the same information as a normal child. For instance, children with autism will attempt to ignore discipline and boundaries by placing their hands over their ears and pretending they are deaf (Dudziak, 1982). In these cases, parents need to develop a special form of boundaries unique to their child. Parents dealing with autistic children would benefit from using the boundary of “balancing freedom, choices, and consequences” (Cloud & Townsend, 1998, p. 63). The boundary helps parents teach their child to make the choice of bad behavior or good behavior based on consequences and given …show more content…
Children with learning disabilities are often faced with obstacles above and beyond academic issues, such as hypoactive or hyperactive levels, impulsivity, and anger (Berman, 1979). When dealing with disabled children who act out of impulsivity parents should understand three key concepts (Cloud & Townsend, 1998). First, children who are reacting out of impulsivity are reacting to an external influence (Cloud & Townsend, 1998). Second, their behavior is oppositional, meaning they are opposing something whether it’s good or bad (Cloud & Townsend, 1998). Finally, their reactive boundaries are not value driven (Cloud & Townsend,

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