Ways to Speak Words of Affirmation and Quality Time to Kids with Special Needs
Ways to speak words of affirmation and quality time to kids with special needs aren’t hard to cook up. Doing so requires three simple ingredients.
The first is determining the child’s love language, a process described in the previous post in this series. The second is to review the two child development concepts mentioned in Love Is a Child’s First Language, another post in the series. The third is Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilties.
Chapter 5 of Sharing Love Abundantly is packed with accounts from parents raising kids with disabilities and special needs about how they use words of affirmation and quality time with their kids, as well as more ideas list at the end of the chapter. Here’s a taste of what it contains.
Words of Affirmation
- Creating a victory wall
- Throwing a hero party
- Singing a customized bedtime song
- Writing lunchbox notes
- Giving specific praise
- Compiling a “My Quotable Kid” book
- Attending sensory movies
- Completing Highlights magazine puzzles in doctor’s waiting room
- Chase Pokemon together
- Walk the dog together
- Take bike rides with an adaptive or tandem bike
- Use the summer to find the best vanilla ice cream in town
These are just the tip of the love language ideas found in Sharing Love Abundantly. The next post in this series will feature ideas about how to adapt Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch for our kids. Until then, try out the ideas above and see how your child responds to them.
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Jolene Philo is the author of the Different Dream series for parents of kids with special needs. She speaks at parenting and special needs conferences around the country. She’s also the creator and host of the Different Dream website. Sharing Love Abundantly With Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman, was released in August of 2019 and is available at local bookstores, their bookstore website, and at Amazon.
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