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Guide to Finding Care for a Child With Behavioral/Emotional Needs

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When you have a child with behavioral issues or emotional needs, you have to take greater care to form the environment around your child. This is because children with behavioral or emotional needs can be affected much more easily by the scenarios and people that surround them every day. Placing them around people who don’t know to be mindful of their needs is often not helpful.

When searching for caregivers for children with behavioral issues or emotional needs, it’s important to prioritize people that take these things, among others, into consideration. To understand what other things you should look for in a caregiver for your child with behavioral or emotional needs, continue reading below.

Prioritize Sensitivity and Responsiveness

First and foremost, the right caregiver needs to be sensitive enough to your child’s behavior to understand how to interact with them effectively on a daily basis. Without such sensitivity, a caregiver isn’t likely to make much meaningful progress.

Not only do caregivers have to be sensitive enough to understand your child’s behavior, but they also have to be responsive enough to be able to give your child what they need as quickly as possible. Too long of a delay in responding can make your child worried, anxious, and generally not in a good state of mind.

Prioritize Those Who Practice the 3 R’s

For children who have difficulty controlling their emotions, reassurance, routines, and regulation should be at the forefront of any caregiver’s priorities. Reassurance gives children the confidence they need to know that they’re loved and cared for by their family and caregivers. Routines work to provide children with positive feelings of predictability and stability and can include things like scheduled playtimes, bedtimes, and meal times. Finally, regulation works to counterbalance the extreme emotions and feelings that children with behavioral or emotional needs experience.

This is all easy to say on paper, but to make sure you choose a caregiver that actively employs the 3 R’s, you should either give your candidates a scenario and ask how they would approach it or sit in during a test visit with your child to see how they perform in a real-life situation.

Prioritize Those Who Practice Self Care

Caring for a child with behavioral or emotional needs can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be equally as draining. When interviewing caregivers, be sure to ask how they take care of themselves. More specifically, ask them about things like their sleep quality, their social circles, any hobbies they have, their exercise habits, and anything else that could be lumped into the category of self-care.

By choosing a caregiver that prioritizes their own self-care, you can rest assured knowing they are much more likely to offer your child higher quality care for longer periods of time without experiencing burnout.

Takeaway

Finding the right kind of care for your child can seem overwhelming, but you can make your search a whole lot easier (and fruitful) by finding resources like the above.

If you find yourself still struggling to find the right caregiver for your child, be sure to reach out to Joshin – we’re more than happy to get you the exact kind of support you need.

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