In this webinar presented by Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Liz Matheis, coping strategies are discussed for parents of children with special needs who are dealing with stress and anxiety over the demands of raising their child. Many parents will put their child’s needs ahead of their own, especially with children with special needs, but Dr. Matheis stresses the importance of parents also caring for their own needs.
Dr. Matheis discusses grief, anger, and incompetence as common feelings that parents of children with special needs will feel while raising their children, as they first receive the diagnosis, deal with their child’s individual needs, and fight for services for their child. When parents experience these emotions, it is beneficial to acknowledge them and engage in a wellness activity such as taking deep breaths, journaling, and/or meditating.
Dr. Matheis also stresses the importance of parents being attentive to all the other members of their family, such as spouses or other children. Children with special needs can often demand a lot of a parent’s attention, but it is important for parents to remain connected with the rest of their family.
Oftentimes, self-supporting strategies cannot fully address the emotions parents are feeling, and other aspects of their life can begin to suffer. It is especially important for parents to seek professional help at this point, because their wellbeing is important for the wellbeing of all the other people in the household.
Managing Stress as the Parent of a Child with Special Needs Recorded Webinar
By: Shield HealthCare
Initial Air Date: Feb 23, 2018