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Managing parental stress.

Updated: Sep 27, 2023


Managing parental stress

Raising a child with a disability can be incredibly challenging and rewarding, but it can also be a source of significant stress for parents. The stress associated with caring for a child with a disability can come from a variety of sources, including the child's behavior, social isolation, financial strain, and uncertainty about the future.


One of the main sources of stress for parents of children with disabilities is behavior issues. Children with autism, for example, may display challenging behaviors such as aggression, self-injury, and disruptions to the home environment. These behaviors can be difficult for parents to manage and may cause them to feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and frustrated.

Additionally, many parents of children with disabilities experience feelings of social isolation. They may feel as if they don't have anyone to talk to who truly understands what they're going through. This can lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety.


Financial stress is also a major concern for many parents of children with disabilities. The cost of therapy, equipment, and other special needs can be staggering, and many families struggle to pay for these expenses. Additionally, parents of children with disabilities may have to take time off work or reduce their hours to care for their child, which can further strain the family's finances.


Lastly, the uncertainty of the future can also be a source of stress for parents of children with disabilities. They may worry about their child's ability to live independently, find a job, or form meaningful relationships as they grow older. This uncertainty can cause feelings of anxiety and uncertainty, making it hard to plan for the future.


For parents, it's important to take care of themselves in order to be there for their child. This can include reaching out for support, joining a support group, taking time for themselves and addressing the stressors at hand. There are also many resources available for parents of children with disabilities, such as respite care, financial assistance, and counseling services. By reaching out for support and accessing these resources, parents can minimize the stress associated with caring for a child with a disability and make their journey a more manageable and enjoyable one.


It's important to remember that parenting is one of the hardest jobs there is and parents with children with disabilities are on a journey that requires special attention and care. While the stress and challenges of raising a child with a disability may be greater than for parents of typically developing children, the love and joy that these children bring to their families is often immeasurable.


At Sitaray Institute of excellence in speech, behaviour and academics, we provide parents with workshops and resources to deal with stress. We also have regular camps where parents can network and find strength in social support among parents who are facing similar challenges as them.

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