A House for All Children

Chapter 6- Meeting Emotional and Social Needs

"This chapter focuses on children's needs for independence, socialization and privacy. Parents also talk about obstacles--in the physical environment, in the child, and in the negative attitudes of other people--that can undermine a child's socialization and suggests tactics for overcoming them. This excerpt contains some helpful quotes from parents adapting the home environment and lists the strategies they use to encourage independence in their children." - Authors

Ways to Develop Independence

Feelings of independence are an important part of emotional well-being. Our work with adults with disabilities shows a direct link between the quality of their home environments and their feelings of independence and autonomy. We wanted to see how this relationship applied to children, so we asked parents to identify the tactics they used for increasing their children's strengths and independence. These tactics focused on the environment; special equipment; technologies; social, recreational, and educational strategies; physical care; and philosophical approaches to treating the child.

"Adapt the environment to the child, not the child to the environment."

" (With the modifications) we do not need someone here at all times. He can be home alone now. He can come and go as he pleases. He's safe, and we don't worry if he's here by himself."

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