A disabled child also requires emotional and social security and ironically such children are left behind when it comes to socialize them, family due to hesitation, grief, anger and insecurities tend to keep the disabled child behind the walls. Many of the disabled children have been found to be emotionally and socially insecure and it is also a responsibility of the family to understand their emotional and social needs besides looking after their physical needs as well.
- Dealing with grief, hesitation and insecurity is must: In a family particularly the parents should get rid of their hesitation, fear and shyness and should try to give suitable exposure of the society, peers group and other members to the disabled child.
- Strengthening the image of family : Parents should try to balance their timing of caring and parenting a disabled child. Usually a major portion of the time is consumed only in taking care of the necessary tasks of the disabled child but here parents should understand that it is also essential to spend a quality time with their disabled time to give him/her emotional security and this will also strengthened a sense of a family in the mind of the disabled child.
- Taking help of Rehabilitation Professional: Rehabilitation professionals can better advice the family and the parents to provide a holistic and safe atmosphere for the disabled child. They can even guide about the necessary steps and things to be kept in mind while giving a social exposure to the disabled child.
- Value the disabled child : it is very essential that the parents, family and siblings give value and respect to the disabled child and do not treat him/her as an unproductive member of the family. Never find the fault in his destiny but try to help, support and motivate the disabled child to grow and become self-sufficient.
- Give empathy and not sympathy : a disabled child never wants your sympathy but your empathy. He/she wants you to understand his condition and moreover expects you to help and motivate him. A disabled child also needs a compassionate guidance and little extra attention otherwise your sympathy is just futile for him.
- Recreational activities and peer groups : parents and other family members should join some of the NGOs or nearby homes where the disabled children can meet other children of same disabilities and can meet new people. Such homes and NGOs organize short trips and recreational activities for disabled children and also provide other productive activities which are learning and useful.
Thus, the upbringing of a disabled child requires the parents to understand every aspect associated with the same, it is important to realize that the child with disabilities is not supposed to be lying on the bed all the times, and others perceive him/her with sympathy and mercy but that child also deserves to be independent and self-sufficient. A disabled child also deserves to be grown up in a healthy and free atmosphere and rehabilitation is a way to provide him that atmosphere and conditions.