From the moment we are born, we need support to help us grow and develop as healthy human beings. A support system can be people, communities, or organisations that help provide the nurturing and encouragement we need to live life well. Having proper supports for yourself allows you to get the proper supports for your child. When navigating the process of a new diagnosis or starting an ABA programme having support sets you and your family up for success.
Why do we need a support system?
Scott Peck, a renouned American Psychiatrist, once said, ‘Life is difficult.’
You may be reading this after receiving a diagnosis for your child or in the beginning days of wondering if something is not quite right with your child.
We hope that during this difficult time you are able to reach out to loved ones, but if you are like many of us you may be isolating yourself and shouldering the burden alone.
We all need people who can remind us of hope and joy, and who can encourage and believe in us on the days when life is dragging us down.
Additionally, choosing a few people to learn how to interact with and teach your special needs child will increase their opportunities to learn, allow them to generalize their skills, open them up to new experiences, while at the same time relieving you!