If you work in customer service, then you will probably meet people who have special needs at some point. There are ways that you can handle these people without seeming rude or surprised by their actions. Handle every customer with patience, especially those with special needs. If you are not busy, then try to help the person find a certain item. You can also get a staff member to help if you are busy doing other tasks. Talk in a Read the rest of this entry »
If you haven’t spent a lot of time around people with mental disabilities, you may have bought into some of the myths and stereotypes surrounding their conditions.
They are mentally ill
Mental disabilities and mental illness are not interchangeable. A mental illness, such as depression or bipolar disorder, is usually caused by some kind of chemical or neurological issue in the brain and can often be controlled by medication. Those with a mental disability are often that way due to a brain injury or physical condition, and there is Read the rest of this entry »
When a loved one suffers from depression, it is important to know how to help them overcome their feelings of sadness. Although it can be hard to watch someone you know deal with the symptoms of depression, they can benefit from your support. Here, are a few tips for helping people with depression.
First, you will want to let your loved one know that you are there for them during this difficult time. It is also important to establish a safe environment for communication. Read the rest of this entry »
Not everyone who suffers from a mental disability is entirely without independence and some really can live out life on their own. Depending on the level of cognitive abilities and thought, it is possible to live independently, but some real safety measures should be exercised.
Lots of sites out there have covered tips for caring for these individuals and those with physical disabilities – focusing on enabling them to live on their own. Today, we thought we would add our two cents on the matter.
1) There should be landline phones present in major areas of the home where an individual is most likely to gather. This includes bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, etc. This is to ensure that the individual can call for help in the event of an emergency. Cell phones are good too but coverage can be spotty depending on the coverage and provider.
2) Guard rails should be put in any of the major areas where slippage can occur. Bathrooms, stairways and yes, even the shower.
3) And, like the site says, the re-direction of any wires crossing any major areas of traffic is incredibly important.
And just remember that taking the necessary precautions is not at all the same as giving up your independence. Plenty of people with mental disabilities live healthy and productive lives, but it never hurts to be prepared.
Just because you know someone with special needs, do not assume to know what they need. If you really would like to help someone with special needs you should first make sure that is what they want. Many people with a special need work really hard to do the things they do because it gives them a sense of accomplishment and self esteem. Many of them do not want help or do not feel comfortable Read the rest of this entry »
Having a loved one with mental disabilities can be difficult to say the least. Few who haven’t had this experience could understand the worry and heartache, yet it is also true that few could understand the unique brand of love these individuals inspire. Even with that love, it can be scary to think that one day there may not be anybody around to take care of a disabled loved one. That is why it’s good to know that there are organizations out there ready and able to offer help. Many group home programs offer Read the rest of this entry »
This piece will be discussing how to work with a mental disability. There are some important things to first consider. Keeping these pieces of advice in mind will help somebody with a disability a very great deal as they enter the workforce.
First and foremost, remember that there are resources out there to help people with disabilities. One should never hesitate to turn to such resources as they can often assist a very great deal. A short internet search should turn back a variety of Read the rest of this entry »
People with special needs are no different than other people when it comes to needing to have a good self esteem. Often people feel they need to do things for people with special needs because they think they do not understand or that they cannot accomplish the task. They believe that they are helping that person by doing the thing for them, but most of the time this robs the person of self esteem.
So how can someone help to foster and improve the self esteem of a person with special needs? One of the Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to entertaining people who have disabilities games can be a great idea for this. People with mental disabilities find even the small things in life great even when the rest of us do not. The best types of games to be played involve memory skills and socially active games. These two types of games are specially important for mentally disabled people to help them improve in areas they are lacking in. The socially active games cane help a person to feel more important and connected to everyone Read the rest of this entry »