A Frog in a Pot Will Boil

You may have heard the factoid about boiling a frog (please don’t try this at home)…

…if you drop a frog into boiling water it will immediately jump out of the pot.  But if you put a frog into a pot of water and slowly raise the temperature it will sit there until it’s cooked.

Why does this work?  The consistency of the water temperature slowly rising makes the frog adapt to its situation

The same is true with children. If we set consistent behavioral limits the child will adapt and maintain these rules.  It’s when parents waiver or give in that the rules of the household become blurred and the child begins to exhibit poor behavior – either out of frustration, anger, confusion or a little bit of all three.

Consistency is the Key

Consistency makes it easier for kids to learn how far they can go.  Testing boundaries is a natural part of maturing, but that doesn’t mean you have to give in.

The consistency ”tool’ is critical to any parenting plan.  Setting limits that are followed without drama and repeated battles is the glue that makes good behavior stick. Without consistency your “little frog” will quickly jump out of the proverbial pot and continue to ignore and disregard any further limits.  Once these learned-behaviors take hold they are very difficult to eradicate.

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By Amy Sue Miller

Special needs nannies who work with disabled children are in high demand these days. With the rise in the birth of special needs children, and the complexity of a dual-income home, nannies with skills in special education and therapy can make a positive difference and a financially rewarding career.

Many special education assistants and teacher often choose to do care giving full-time. Although it is often less lucrative than teaching, care giving for disabled children can offer consistent full-time employment that will rarely, if ever, get underfunded or outsourced. It is a rewarding career for some people who have a disabled child or adult in their lives. It is not difficult for someone to take the skills they learned and apply it on a professional level.

Especially in high demand are caregiver who can offer support to children who are physically disabled. These children, unlike many that fall into the special needs category, need consistent assistance when it comes to even the smallest of details. This differs significantly from caregivers of children with Downs Syndrome and autism, where the children are independent as far as their fine motor skills. Special needs nannies who work with physically disabled children is a challenge that takes a certain amount of education, patience, and determination. It also take a genuine love of care giving, specifically for the child.

Early childhood education classes provide the potential caregiver with insights and strategies in for working with and teaching disabled children. In autism and ADHD, applied behavioral analysis has been beneficial in teaching appropriate educational and behavioral response in affected children. Other plans and programs are available to care providers of aspects of being a special needs nanny. Care providers often take courses to ‘specialize’ in a specific disorder or disability. This provides them with extensive knowledge in an area where they hope to focus their care

It is important for a nanny who cares for disabled children to be current on any and all CPR and first aid certifications. This can be the difference between life or death, especially for a vulnerable disabled child. There are basic courses for everyone, but it is also possible to get a Healthcare Provider CPR certification, which is bit more intensive and involves teaching the basics of a defibrillator.

The best source for finding a special needs nanny, is through a caregiver referral service, which often pre-screens all applicants and checks on verifiable education and work experiences. Families with special needs children have many specifications for the needs of the particular child. For example, when there is child with autism, you may want to find a nanny who has direct experience with children with autism or has a speech and occupational therapy background.

Parents of special need children sometimes belong to social, support, and educational group programs where there could be assistance in finding the right care provider for a disabled. Word of mouth in these groups can be very important when searching for and choosing the right special needs nanny for a child.

For more information about finding a nanny for special needs children, please visit http://www.howtofindananny.com/

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Having a special need child in the family doesn’t mean you have to panic. Just like other kids, special needs children can learn to live a normal life and reach their full potential. Guidance, teaching and love are primary ingredients in rearing a special child and helping him reach full potential.

The “panicking” of parents upon learning about their child’s situation can be attributed to some common misconceptions in dealing with special needs children. These misconceptions lead to the thought that there is no bright future for special needs children. Unless these myths are fully understood and corrected, parents will never know that special needs children will still reach their full potentials. Here are the top 3 common special child misconceptions and the truth about them:

Parenting and teaching a special child will take away all your happiness and replace it with difficulties.
This may be true to some persons who don’t love the child at all – but does this type of person exist? How can parents not love their own child no matter what his needs are? Parenting and teaching a special child is not a reason to be unhappy. It is all in the attitude! Rearing a child with special needs doesn’t take away your happiness. You may be unhappy but it’s your choice. You can choose to be happy and satisfied caring and teaching your special child. Rather than letting yourself be imprisoned by the situation, be in control. Plan exciting activities that will help you enjoy at the same time leave an effective learning experience to your child.
Special needs children will never reach their full potential.
This is another myth. Just like any other children, special needs children can reach their full potential. They can learn to speak, read, and interact with other people. They have the ability to live a happy, satisfied and complete life. But they won’t be able to achieve these on their own. They need guidance and proper teaching for them to be the best person that they could be. You should not be the judge of your child’s potential. Let him explore and learn. There are several education materials that cater to teaching special needs children reach their full potential.
Nobody understands the difficulties of parenting and teaching special needs children.
No two persons are the same. The individual difference theory is true but it doesn’t apply to situations. You may be facing the challenge of parenting or teaching differently abled children but you are not alone. Many other parents or teachers have been through the same situation. The only thing that differs is the way people handle special situations like this. There are even foundations and organizations that cater to helping parents and teachers cope up with the challenge of teaching and parenting children with special needs.
Parenting and teaching special needs children is an easy task if you know how to handle the situation. Don’t panic! Know what is true and what is not. Don’t judge a situation based on pure misconceptions. As long as you know what to do, parenting and teaching children with special needs will be a satisfying and fulfilling experience.

POPS Resources provides books, games and teaching materials for special needs and differently abled children. These teaching resources aim to help special needs children reach their full potential. For more information on how to foster the unique potential of your child, please visit POPS Special Needs Resources

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