Discover & Nurture Your Child’s Talents!

By Luma Jamjoum, Life Coach, Career Coach for people with disabilities

& Founder of Bahja* Initiative

As a parent of a special needs child, it wasn’t easy in the beginning to identify and nurture my son’s talents.

But when I began to observe him playing, I noticed that he is a big fan of water. He could spend hours around water, splashing, frolicking and jumping in and out. He was happy and at ease.

Many children with special needs have a hard time controlling their bodies in typical settings yet they often thrive in water, develop physical awareness and their motor skills improve. I also noticed that my son loved to water the plants. I started to think that his talent might be there. Regardless of whether he grows up to become a professional swimmer or a horticulturalist, I would be happy knowing he is doing what he loves in his own special way.

The key, I discovered, is actively exploring ways that can give him the space he needs to do what he really likes. Although this isn’t easy in the midst of his full schedule and therapy plans, it is worth it!

Individual attention

By spending time together as parent and child, you become more aware of your child’s passions and talents. This intentional practice will make a huge difference in supporting your child’s interests.

 

Your child’s interest might be small, like listening to a song or drawing in a special way. If your child likes to sing, get a microphone and let your family and friends be the audience. If your child has a good memory, engage him in script writing and acting that enhance concentration and memorisation exercises. Music and drama are known for bringing children with special needs out of their shells!

 

One of Bahja Initiative’s social activities was inviting parents to see their children’s talents come to life. We were surprised by their courage and talents in singing, dancing, drawing and even puzzle making.

 

Let’s celebrate our children’s successes and achievements no matter how small and equip ourselves with the knowledge, patience, hope and belief that it’s going to be big someday.

Every single child is gifted and talented – they just need love and support to achieve their gifted potential.

 

As a parent of a special needs child, it wasn’t easy in the beginning to identify and nurture my son’s talents.

But when I began to observe him playing, I noticed that he is a big fan of water. He could spend hours around water, splashing, frolicking and jumping in and out. He was happy and at ease.

Many children with special needs have a hard time controlling their bodies in typical settings yet they often thrive in water, develop physical awareness and their motor skills improve. I also noticed that my son loved to water the plants. I started to think that his talent might be there. Regardless of whether he grows up to become a professional swimmer or a horticulturalist, I would be happy knowing he is doing what he loves in his own special way.

The key, I discovered, is actively exploring ways that can give him the space he needs to do what he really likes. Although this isn’t easy in the midst of his full schedule and therapy plans, it is worth it!

Individual attention

By spending time together as parent and child, you become more aware of your child’s passions and talents. This intentional practice will make a huge difference in supporting your child’s interests.

 

Your child’s interest might be small, like listening to a song or drawing in a special way. If your child likes to sing, get a microphone and let your family and friends be the audience. If your child has a good memory, engage him in script writing and acting that enhance concentration and memorisation exercises. Music and drama are known for bringing children with special needs out of their shells!

 

One of Bahja Initiative’s social activities was inviting parents to see their children’s talents come to life. We were surprised by their courage and talents in singing, dancing, drawing and even puzzle making.

 

Let’s celebrate our children’s successes and achievements no matter how small and equip ourselves with the knowledge, patience, hope and belief that it’s going to be big someday.

Every single child is gifted and talented – they just need love and support to achieve their gifted potential.

 

Did you know?

From inventors and company heads to performers and artists, some of the biggest names we know today succeeded despite of, and in some cases because of, their disability. Did you know that artist Vincent Van Gogh was dyslexic and that Mozart, one of the most gifted composers of all time, is believed to have had autism spectrum disorder?

 

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