This is the first of many posts on the EasyStand Blog about special needs parenting by George Passwater. George blogs about being a stay-at-home and Special Needs Dad at Dadwritings.com. You can also find him on Twitter at: @dadwritings.
Does mobility = personal freedom?
For many Special Needs children, the answer is yes.
For a child with physical disabilities, moving around and interacting with others gives them the personal freedom they want.
Children Love Freedom
All children will grow into the “personal freedom” stage of their development. They want to have freedom to move around and do things for themselves. As parents, we need to let our children have that ability – up to a point anyways.
Special Needs children have this same need for freedom. Unfortunately, many don’t have the ability to experience this freedom due to their disabilities. This is where a mobility device would be needed to help your child “run away” from Mommy and Daddy or help them be more social with their siblings.
Now let me say this: don’t think of a personal mobility device as a hindrance, but as a way to give your child some personal freedom. Without the help of these types of devices, even the smallest tasks would be overwhelming to them.
With a personal mobility device, your child would experience personal freedom while doing things like: playing with siblings or friends, getting needed items for themselves or helping Mommy and Daddy with everyday tasks.
Here are just a few types of devices that will help your child with mobility while giving them personal freedom:
- Wheelchairs – both manual and battery-powered
- Gait Trainers or Walkers – helps with standing and walking
- Ride on Toys – both pedal and battery-powered are great for playing outside
- Standers – such as the EasyStand Bantam for standing while playing or helping out Mommy and Daddy
The personal mobility device would not only give your child personal freedom, but also help them work on their physical and other abilities.
Your Special Needs child has the same want as any other child: they want to be mobile and experience their own personal freedom. When you give your child the right mobility solution, you give them that freedom.
What mobility devices does your child use? Do you think that mobility gives them a sense of freedom and independence?