Tips for a Parent of a Child with OCD – Alpha School of Jackson, NJ

Eight Helpful Tips for Parents of Children with OCD

The struggle for a special needs child dealing with an Obsessive-compulsive disorder is not only a daily challenge for the child, but also for the parent(s) or guardian. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is classified as an anxiety disorder, yet there is a great deal of resistance to the notions of coping skills such as relaxation and meditation. While this stems from the effectiveness of ERP, or Exposure and Response Prevention, and the “tough love” required to enforce it, parents must always bear in mind that each child responds differently. Meditation may be too much to ask, but there is nothing wrong with trying some breathing exercises.

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Entire households are affected when a child has OCD. This makes it all the more crucial to strengthen relationships between individuals with OCD and the rest of the family while promoting understanding and cooperation within the household.

Try one or more of the following management techniques to pull off this daunting task:

1.  Recognize signals

2.  Modify expectations

3.  Avoid constant comparisons

4.  Set limits, but be supportive

5.  Explore medication options if appropriate

6.  If medication is an option, consider genetic testing

7.  Preserve private time

8.  Talk about something else

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Alpha School an private special education school in New Jersey

Our Mission at The Alpha School is to help all of our special needs students with the learning, social, language, and behavioral support they deserve. Our highly skilled staff are committed daily to helping each student to becoming the best they can while providing a safe and nurturing educational environment.

We would be more than happy to discuss your child’s specific needs and challenges, so please call us at 732.370.1150, or request a tour of Alpha School of Jackson, NJ located just minutes off of Route 9 and Route 195 in Ocean County.

— Monica DeTuro, Principal-Alpha School, Jackson, NJ