Helping Your Special Needs Child Make Friends
It’s not easy for some children to make friends. Even the most sociable children will eventually struggle to find meaningful relationships in life. Now, imagine what this is like for special needs children. If you are the parent of a child with special needs, finding friends for your son or daughter will present unique challenges.
Enrolling your child in a special needs school will certainly make things easier.
A specialized staff will serve as your allies. Your child will be surrounded by others with disabilities. You should still expect such a school to prepare him or her for an independent life, beyond school. Also, do not give up on the possibility of friendships with children who do not have special needs.
Helping your child develop friends can be frustrating and challenging. But with patience and some of the points listed below, there is hope. Just keep the following in mind:
The most important thing is to not get discouraged.
Rejection may be a part of life for any child, but it can hit especially hard for children with special needs, as well as their parents. Some parents are not comfortable or otherwise equipped to have special needs children around their own. You can always derive hope from knowing that children will always be better at seeing others and accepting them for who they are. Accept no less from the child who befriends yours.
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