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Parent Types of Children with Additional Needs

When it comes to being a parent of children with additional needs I guess you notice things more. I am no way in saying that you become an expert in the condition but I personally think it becomes more likely you will spot others who you believe are the same. Sometimes this insight is welcome but other times it is best to keep these opinions to yourself – dependent on which of the parent types that the child has. Parent types send

Different Parent Types of Children with Additional Needs

I believe there are basically four types of parent when it comes to children with additional needs and they are:

  • Parent Types 1 – The Fighters
    • These are parents who recognise that something is not quite right and fight tooth and nail to discover what it is and access all the help they can for their children.
  • Parent Types 2 – The Accepter
    • These parents realise that their children might not be quite the same as others but just accept things how they are. They probably do not even want a diagnosis for their child as they just see it as an unnecessary label which isn’t particularly helpful.
  • Parent Types 3 – The Lunatics
    • These parents are nuts – they think that their children need to be cured and do stupid things such as force them to drink bleach. They genuinely believe that their children will be better off if they can get rid of their additional needs.
  • Parent Types 4 – The Deniers
    • These parents are walking around with blinkers on and will just not accept that their children would benefit from additional help. These parents ignore their children’s behaviour or make excuses for it. Some may think that there is something wrong with having a child with additional needs (which quite clearly could never happen with a child of theirs) – whilst others just do not think that this is the case (even when there are so many obvious signs to others).

Changes for Schools that make it Easier to Help Children Regardless of Parent Types

Previously the parent types of a child mattered when it came to a child having additional needs and fighting for the right support in school. I have previously written about whose responsibility is it to ensure that it is identified and put in place. But that is now changing from what I can gather.Help at School for those with Sensory DifficultiesWell from what I can gather now schools have more control in helping all children – especially those with type 4 parents who are not going to help the school access the funding that they need. From what I can gather any additional money which is given to the school due to The Sensory Seeker’s EHCP does not have to be spent solely on my child. That as long as whatever it is the money is spent on helps him then there’s no reason why other children cannot benefit from it also. I haven’t thought too much into it – but maybe if they built a sensory room – or got in sensory toys or ear defenders – this sort of thing can be shared. Maybe I have got this wrong and I don’t think it is unreasonable – just annoying that type 4 parents aren’t able to help with helping the schools to access this funding in the first place.

Do you agree with these parent types? Can you think of any others? Do you identify with any?

4 thoughts on “Parent Types of Children with Additional Needs

  1. I’m definitely type 2 but starting to think I should get an official diagnosis. I know what condition my daughter has and have done a lot of research. There are no treatments, but I think a diagnosis before secondary school might get her extra time in exams and a bit more understanding from teachers. Her current school have told us it will take a lot if hassle to get an official diagnosis though. I’m still in two minds, as I don’t think a label will be helpful and I don’t want her to think she’s different from anyone else.

    1. Would she not feel different if she finds things harder anyway? At least she may be able to access things that would help her if she did. But then I am very much type 1 and actually wrote this after being annoyed by a comment said by a type 4 lol.

  2. I love this! I am Type 1! I’m a fighter and I am still fighting to get my sons help and support.

  3. I am definitely a type 1. I noticed something wasn’t right with my boy since 14months old and he is now 7 (8 in Sept). He has been under the care of the paediatrician since 2013 and still no diagnosis and it infuriates me. They have now decided to refer him to a specialist to have an ADOS assessment. I don’t think he is autistic, but i believe he is definitely on the spectrum. At the moment, I am currently researching all sorts on the internet. He definitely has a temperature regulation problem which they say is part of a sensory processing disorder. I have also been advised to look into PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance). I feel that in order to get the right support, he needs to be diagnosed and that makes sense to me so I will keep on researching. I have found this blog to be very helpful.

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