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How can I support my child with special needs from ages 3 to 5?

The following are suggestions on how you can support the development of your child with special needs from 3 to 5 years old:

Development
  • Give your child chores he or she can do. This may include:
Picking up toys
Helping set the table
Helping with laundry
  • Encourage your child to make decisions by offering choices.
  • Teach your child the natural outcomes of behaviors and choices.
  • Encourage activities that include children with and without special needs.
  • Ask, "What kind of job do you want to do when you grow up?"(There are no right answers!).
  • Teach your child about relationships. Teach your child about his or her body and personal space.
Medical
  • Help your child understand his or her special healthcare needs.
  • Teach your child self-cares and general skills. Teach skills related to his or her special healthcare needs.
  • Help your child interact directly with doctors, nurses, therapists, and teachers.
Education
  • Consider enrolling your child in a preschool or a Head Start program. Your local school district may have a program.
  • Contact your local school district the spring before your child will attend kindergarten. Talk to the school's staff about your child's special healthcare needs.
  • Encourage new activities like:
Keyboarding or using a mouse with a computer
Sports activities
Turn-taking and sharing

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.