As a parent who needs to work, daycares are a great resource to ensure your child gets the
proper care and love while you go to work. Even if you are a stay-at-home
parent, daycare is a good choice for many children because it can teach them fundamentals
of learning while developing their social skills. However, as a parent of a
special needs child, not just any daycare facility will do. A special needs
daycare that has experienced caregivers will provide your son or daughter the
What is the Difference Between Standard
and Special Needs Daycares?
special needs children are high-functioning and can strive in a typical daycare
center, parents of special needs children need to be aware of the difference
between a these daycares and a special needs daycare. Knowing the difference
will allow you as a parent to best determine which daycare is the perfect fit
for your little one.
daycare is run by childcare professionals and typically sticks to a routine
that incorporates playtime, mealtime, and learning time. While many childcare
professionals in these organizations are loving and educated in childcare, they
may not be experienced or certified to properly take care of a child with
special needs or disabilities. The childcare professionals may not know how to
deal with behavioral issues. They may also not know how to bend the curriculum
to fit your child’s needs.
with disabilities function better on a specialized diet. This diet can be hard
for standard daycares to follow. Also, several daycares require that their
attendees be potty trained, and some special needs children may not be at that
needs daycare functions primarily around children with special needs. The care
providers have experience with special needs children and children with
disabilities. The most prestigious special needs daycare will have specialized
meals for children that are free from common allergens and dyes.
daycare will also customize learning and activities based on your child’s unique
needs. Look for daycares that will do one-on-one learning
and interaction with your child. Some daycares for special needs children even
have specialized programs that you can coordinate with facility. These programs
can include parent-child therapy, as well as speech pathology sessions.
the choice of which day care to choose for your child is yours. Many parents
have had success with regular day cares and special needs day cares. However,
your best bet is a specialized day care that is trained and prepared for
children with special needs. Teachers in specialized day cares have special
training, as well a heart for children with special needs.
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Child Care and Children with Special Needs
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