Depending upon where you live in the United States, changes in the seasons can be radically different when it comes to how your daily life is impacted. Where some may see snowfall and treacherous roads, families in the South may only need to bundle up more and spend less time outdoors. The special needs community is one that can be significantly impacted by a change in the seasons. Whether related to new costs and challenges or general inconveniences that are more evident due to special needs, a shift in the weather to the colder side may be adversely affecting your family. With these challenges in mind, we have put together five quick items to highlight issues to be aware of or reach out for in order to take the bite out of winter’s cold.
First, we must note that our organization is happy to help parents who are facing significant financial challenges associated with rising heating costs. Energy bill assistance is just one of several different items the MyChild care team can help you with. Give us a call at (800) 692-4453, fill out our online form or contact us on Facebook to let us know if we can help connect you with resources aimed at helping with your heating and energy bills!
In that same vein, our care team is also able to help parents get more information about adaptive equipment that may become very necessary due to the change in weather. Reach out to us through phone or online to let us know what we can do to help!
With changes in temperature, the inevitable winter illnesses begin to emerge. Ensuring you have up-to-date medical records that highlight the different medications your child takes is an important element, especially if you are forced to go to an instant clinic or see a different doctor than you normally do. We’ve spoken at length about the importance of up-to-date medical records, including maintaining your own medical logs, so be sure to keep a copy handy if a cold comes on!
Illnesses like the flu or sniffles aren’t the only way the cold weather can impact your child’s health. Cold weather can also have an impact on your child’s body, whether it’s stiffness due to the drop in temperature, muscle cramps, soreness and more. Changes in how your child’s Cerebral Palsy shows itself through symptoms and general health may require additional action, but also more open conversation with doctors on what more can be done. Try and carve out some time to speak with a medical professional about any changes you have witnessed, including specifics from your own medical logs, to see if a change in treatment is necessary in the winter months.
Finally, a shift in temperatures can mean a lot more time inside for all kids, particularly children with special needs. Take a look at our blog to see ideas related to beating the indoor blues with tips on cooking with your child with special needs, craft ideas, general activities outside of technology and more!
For more information about any of the items discussed above or to find out more about our program, please call us at (800) 692-4453 or fill out our online form today!