When your disabled child is about to meet someone new for the first time, it can be exciting and scary at the same time. This case is the same for doctors, nurses, play dates, and teachers alike. Setting the stage for the introduction is crucial when the new person is going to play a regular part in your child’s life. One vital way you can prepare your child for these meetings is to talk about what nurses do to help young adults or kids.
Talk to your child about meeting a new person
Whether you introduce your kid to a new nurse or a visiting preacher, he or she is going to have an emotional reaction. You can minimize problems by having an early discussion about the meeting. You can explain what a nurse does, and how she can help the child reduce shyness and sadness around others.
Plan extra time for the meeting
While you prepare for things to go perfectly in your meeting, the truth is that there are no guarantees. When you give yourself some extra time for distancing your child from the situation when he or she gets overexcited, then you ensure that you minimize the stress. You do not have to rush to the next appointment or task while trying to cope with what went wrong.
Pack tons of comfort items
Toddlers and younger kids often feel better with a few special items like blankets, rattles, teddy bears, dolls, or action figures. Portable tents, animal pillows, and certain pacifiers might be coping mechanisms as well. Older children and teens may want to participate in peer activities so that they can find an outlet that is more suiting for his or her age.
Expect your child to need a nap or quiet time following the meeting
The excursion is going to be exhausting for your son or daughter. He or she will benefit from some down time after the meeting. By introducing children to the nurse before he or she participates in daily care, then you ease the relationship along and nurture it instead of your child feeling like the situation is forced on them.
Changes are never easy for special needs kids, but your support and forward thinking can be a huge comfort. Any child will feel better when they have a familiar item with them in a tough situation. You know that your son or daughter will need additional time to absorb information and get used to the stranger, so moving around your schedule is necessary when meeting a nurse for the first time. Everyone can be supportive by offering to help the child with small tasks as long as the kid can stay as independent as possible. Taking away all control will cause more stress and anxiety.