Life needs socialization, and I don’t mean just parties but actually talking to others. We as human beings, learn how to socialize as we are growing up. With people with disabilities especially when they are born with a disability, they usually don’t learn how to socialize right away. Since people with disabilities are behind the eight ball with socialization from the start, how do you increase socialization?
Reason WhyYou might be asking why people with disabilities are behind the eight ball with socialization when they are young. Let’s talk about Cerebral Palsy for a moment. When babies start to crawl, they explore everything and anything, besides that they crawl to a family member. That starts socialization. If a child with Cerebral Palsy, they don’t have the ability to crawl so they have to wait for family members to come to them. When a child who can crawl, they make people laugh with what they do. This is difficult for a child with a disability, but it is not impossible. If the child is bright, they might be aware of their surroundings and learn how to interact with somebody.
Play With Your ChildWhat if your child is not interacting with others, what do you do to help them? Well, you can try to play with them more. If they have a favorite stuff animal, have them reach for it and if they touch it, give them a hug or tickle them. This is like rewarding for doing something good. By doing this, you are doing two things for them. First, you are having them interacting with you. Second, you are having them using their muscles to reach for the stuffed animal. If they have Cerebral Palsy, it takes a lot of time to have their muscles to repeat the action automatically.
Teenage YearsAs the child grows up, try to introduce them to new things like camp, boy scouts or girl scouts, or even a neighborhood teenager center. When I was a teenager, my dad took me to a place for teens to hang out. They had a pool table, games, and music. My dad stood me up and held my hands on the stick while we played. Actually, it was a form of therapy, but it was fun too. The other kids were nervous at first, but as I went there more, they began to be comfortable with interacting with me.
Socialization Not Important
You might be saying that socialization is not really important. I think it is and here’s why. If your child has Cerebral Palsy and will always need help with their daily activities, they will interact with others. If they cannot hold a conversation or even acknowledge that someone is with them, the caregivers most likely will quit quickly. There are so many things that go into having good personal care assistants. That is why I created an online course that will walk you through every step of the way to hire someone.