Children with special needs are an important part of our community. Often, they may require extra help for them to achieve their potential. If you are looking for ways to help, there are several things you can do.
There are a variety of ways that you can volunteer to work with those with special needs. One of the biggest ways to volunteer is by working with Special Olympics. You can coach a team, participate in a unified sport, or volunteer to work in another way at a Special Olympics event. You could also volunteer to tutor a special education child who is struggling or otherwise befriend the child.
Recently, Cole Hamels, a pitcher for the Texas Rangers, donated his nearly $10 million mansion to Camp Barnabas, a non-profit organization that works with children with chronic illnesses and other developmental disabilities and needs. While most people do not have that much money to donate, even just a few dollars can help such children. Local non-profits, research programs, and the Special Olympics are just a few of the places you can donate to. In some cases, you may even be able to donate items, such as toys or books.
One of the things all children want the most is to know that you care. Talk to a child with special needs. Get to know them. Share your interests with the child and come to understand what type of things the child enjoys doing or learning about. Unfortunately, some people ignore or avoid children with special needs because they are unsure how to approach the child. Even just waving or saying, "Hi" can make the child feel like someone cares.
If you would like to learn more about helping those with special needs, please contact us. And if you are interested in learning more about this and related topics, visit the Behavioral Health section of our blog.
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