One of the most important things we can do for our children with special needs is to facilitate independence. It is often easier to do things for them rather than spend the time to teach them to do it for themselves, and sometimes we believe it is more loving to do it for them than to watch them struggle. The truth is that a little struggle builds strength and a little independence feels great! In every way possible teach your children to do things for themselves and share in their joy when they are able to do so. Remember; forcing open the chrysalis never helps the butterfly, it is through struggle that it gets strong wings.
Deborah Lazarri-Jones, MA BCBA, S.U.S.D.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
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