Parenting can be taxing, but especially when you are parenting a child with special needs. During these challenges, there may come a time when you will need to manage your child’s inappropriate and negative behaviors. These times can often be stressful and difficult, leaving you feeling beat down, overwhelmed, and frustrated. Even when you feel loss and do not know where to turn to for help, you may ask “how can I discipline my child when they have so many challenges already?” Feelings of guilt or thoughts that you are punishing your child may occur, but know disciplining or showing your child what is right and wrong is a great way to communicate appropriate expectations and acceptable behaviors. And, this is one of the best ways that you can show your child that you love and care about them.
When you are ready to manage your child’s behaviors, one of the main things to understand is to start as soon as you see any inappropriate behaviors. The longer you wait to change a behavior, the more intense the behavior could become and the harder it will be to change the behavior. In order to begin to change any negative behaviors, it is important to understand what behavior is and the reasons why children behave in a certain way.