Your medically complex child gets a lot of help from you, regardless of the specifics of their condition(s). Yet one of the best things you can do for them is to help them help others. At the end of the day, everyone wants to feel useful, and many children with medical complexities don’t get as many opportunities to help others as they would like.
Being surrounded by people who are looking to help them with their disability or chronic illness is important, but it can often leave these young people feeling like there isn’t anything for them to contribute. This is not only untrue, it can be disempowering. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways your medically complex child can help others. Here are some ideas.
Help Around the House
Having a child with special needs comes with many joys, but it also leads to a busy schedule for most families. Fortunately, it’s likely that your child can help with some level of housework. Even smaller tasks, such as sorting the laundry or feeding the pet, can make a big difference for you and be empowering for them. Many children can participate in more advanced tasks as well, such as cleaning the bathroom or cooking with you. Being able to contribute to the household may be a great source of pride for your child.
There are plenty of ways that your child can give back to the community through volunteering. Non-profit, community, and charitable organizations in your area are bound to be looking for people to help out in a variety of ways. Whether you volunteer at the soup kitchen over the holidays, donate to your favorite charity monthly, or visit the animal shelter weekly, find something you and your child can do together to help out.
Mentor a Younger Peer
If you are in a network of families with medically complex children, you may be able to set up an opportunity for your child to mentor a younger peer with the same or similar conditions. Alternatively, there are plenty of young people who are looking for someone to spend time with and learn from. Look for opportunities for your child to become a mentor.
Share Their Story
One of the most powerful things your child can do is share their story with others. It’s amazing what hearing another perspective can do for people. Even better, children in similar situations can feel less alone when they know they have peers who understand where they are coming from. Sharing their struggles can uplift the community around them in ways your child could never imagine, so encourage your child to share with others.
Foster Their Creative Talents
Whether they love to sing, draw, or write, if your child likes to express themselves creatively, that presents them with the opportunity to help others. Not only are these outlets therapeutic for your child, when they share them with others, they can act as a soothing balm for souls all over your community.
Solve a Problem
Chances are, there is a problem in your child’s or their loved one’s life that they can solve. Work with your child to identify a problem, and then a solution. This is both empowering and can help others.
Anyone can raise money for a good cause, and it can make an incredible difference in others’ lives. Have your child bring together a team to raise money for a cause they care about to build a community around them and help others.
If your child with medical complexities needs additional support, you may consider pediatric home health care in Denver. Give us a call to get started today!