Top Tips for Caring for a Disabled Child
23rd June 2016
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Caring for a disabled child can be very tough work and can make simple daily tasks a lot more complicated.

The above article indicted some top tips to help make things a little easier, we will give you a quick summary.

1. Feeding 

Your child may have difficulty when it comes to feeding time and therefore it can take longer to finish eating. However you can develop other skills such as speech and co-ordination to help with the process.

2. Sleeping

A disabled child may be more deprived of sleep due to a range of reasons and this can disrupt the whole family. A health visitor or GP should be able to advise you on how to encourage good sleep patterns.

3. Potty Training 

All children are different and some will learn quicker than others, with disabled children it can take even longer. A doctor should be able to refer you to a specialist if the problem becomes too much for the child to handle.

4.  Ability to move around

If your child struggles to move around it may be that you need to see a physiotherapist to asses their needs. There is a great charity called Whiz-Kidz that can provide children under 18 with mobility equipment.

5. Challenging Behaviour 

This can be quite common in children with disabilities, especially learning disabilities. It comes from a communication problem, so keep a look out for aggression or withdrawal.

6. Support 

You are not alone, there are plenty of places you can get help and support. You can call the Carers Direct helpline on 0300 123 1053 to get over the phone support.

Always remember, we at Embrace, are here to help you, so please do not hesitate to get in contact.

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Embrace East Sussex

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Embrace East Sussex is a group for Special Needs and disabled children from the age of 0 25 years. We offer family support, Saturday Clubs, a legal and benefits services, Early Years advice, family liaison...

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