Challenges of Parents with Children with Special Needs in the New Normal


Authors : Shaira Kaye O. Degamo; Jennylyn E. Sano

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 8 - August

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This research would tackle the challenges that the new normal in education has brought to parents or guardians who have children with special needs. Since face-to-face classes have been canceled which affect the parents and guardians emotionally and physically as well as spiritually in attending their children’s need. The hindrances or challenges that affects the parents would be included in this particular research where data were presented and evaluated. Parenting children with special needs should be knowledgeable and has lots of information weather its educational or for their developmental skills. In addition, it requires resources to handle them in their studies during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. The respondents of this study were the parents of children with special needs at Roxas West Central School, Roxas, Isabela. Using the questionnaire and floating it through the google survey form, the researchers were able to get a result in which 7 participants answered honestly. In this study, the challenges that parents have encountered were time management and the difficulty of teaching their children. Aside from these, parents were challenge on how they should give the activities and on engaging their children in the given tasks. Thus, aggressive information dissemination campaign on educating parents on how to effectively and efficiently teach their children could be done through one-on-one mentoring between teachers and parents or even among parents, face to face or online seminars and workshops on how to deliver engaging activities, and evaluation forms to assess needs of parents. Parents or significant others are in fact the most important bridge during this time of pandemic, establishing a good communication and contact to both teachers and parents are necessary. The collaboration between the two would highlight a better result in achieving their goals concerning the children’s developmental status.

Keywords : Parents/guardians, Challenges, Children with Special Needs, New Normal Education

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