What is meant by children and adults with special needs is those who progress differently from children with a normal developmental course; It includes individuals with autism, Down syndrome, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cerebral palsy, speech difficulties, and mental and physical disabilities.
Individuals or children with special needs experience many situations in their lives such as peer bullying, grief processes, communication problems, low self-confidence, feeling inadequate, physical and psychological violence, exclusion, contempt, and low social support.
In such cases, the parents and environment of people with special needs or children are very important. Children experience difficulties in many areas (social, language speaking, mental retardation, inability to express themselves) compared to their peers in their mental health processes. When parents learn that they have a child with special needs, they may show traumatic symptoms. It is common for parents to blame themselves after denial and not accepting as in the grieving process.
Therefore, it is important for parents to receive support for their mental health. parents neglect themselves in their processes, which I have observed closely. They leave their social activities and professions in the background. They may feel that they have to live focused on their children. If they are happy, their children can be happy as well.
Families should not delay this when they have difficulties and should consider getting support from a mental health professional. Since the processes can sometimes be lifelong, neglecting oneself, ignoring feelings and thoughts, feeling worthless in the process causes loss of motivation, anger problems, depression, increased feelings of hopelessness towards life, and loss of pleasure. After having a child with special needs, communication problems, sexual reluctance, increased intolerance and aggression are frequently experienced between couples. Addressing the processes of acceptance, allowing the entry and exit of emotions, not always pretending to be nice, returning to social activities, supporting each other and communicating are the goals that should be achieved in therapy.
If you have a child with special needs, or an adult with special needs, or a caregiver, you should seek support from a mental health professional.