353postChildrenwithDisabilitiesLecture12

353postChildrenwithDisabilitiesLecture12 - Children with...

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Unformatted text preview: Children with Special Needs • Children with special needs – Parental expectations and adaptation – Types of disabilities, handicaps – Social, emotional and cognitive implications – Historical/cultural variations – Sibling relationships – Peer relationships – Social Competence of Siblings and Peers • Parents who give birth to a child with a disability often experience strong emotions • Denial, pain, guilt and sense of loss are often expressed • Parents are encouraged to treat the child as normally as possible and to begin early intervention services • Ask questions and get informed ( www.our-kids.org ) • Be aware of the energy it takes to parent a child with special needs. Realize strength and get support • Specific stressors on the family/system • Developmentally Handicapped Children encompass several components (Jones) – Mental Retardation and Developmentally Delayed describe various levels of abilities and functions – Sensory and Motor Challenges: – Low tolerance of frustration: – Poor self-concept: – Short attention span: • Concrete thinking: unable to generalize, see relationships • Social Relationships limited: • Cerebral Palsy: – Chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination; Caused by faulty development or damage to the motor areas of the brain – Effects may include: inability to fully control motor function; muscle tightness or spasticity; disturbance in gait or mobility; difficulty swallowing, problems with speech. – May include perceptual difficulties; impairment in speech, hearing or seizures; mental retardation, difficulties with feeding, bladder and bowel control, breathing difficulties – Treatment/management issues. Technology advancements for children with no cognitive impairments key. •...
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2009 for the course PSYCH 353 taught by Professor Gaer during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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