As parents and caregivers, we tend to do things for our children that they can actually be taught to do for themselves. This is especially important for children with special needs. The sooner we can teach self-help/independence skills, the soon our children can become independent. In the below video this little girl is learning that with little assistance she can transfer herself from a bench or chair into her wheelchair.
She is a beautiful blue-eyed, two-year little girl who attracts the eye of everyone on her way in and out of the YMCA. She loves that she has learned how to control her wheelchair and is independent. This is also building her self-confidence!
The next time you go to do something for your child with or without special needs, ask yourself; is this something they can do, and if so “teach rather than do it for them”.
This is one determined little girl! She makes each week special for me and everyone she meets at the YMCA where she goes for her therapy. Norma W. Honeycutt, Executive Director, Infant Toddler Family Specialist