Helpful Tips

Some Helpful Tips and Rules for Parents



At Taarana, we strive to help parents with special needs children by nurturing them with lifelong skills in hopes to help them make a smooth transition into society and lead meaningful lives. With the help of our experienced teachers, we share with you these tips in raising your child.

  • Some skills are essential or pre-requisite for learning further skills such as toileting, self-help skills, attending skills etc. Make sure these skills are taught so they can lead an independent life.
  • Have clear expectations. Convey it to the child explicitly with pictures, words, signs or any other mode that the child will understand.
  • Create opportunities to encourage child-centred communication.
  • Have a structured time at home too. Follow the schedule while intermittently changing the activities to teach flexibility.
  • Allow downtime or leisure time. Create or teach them leisure activities.
  • Make sure the leisure activities are timed as our children tend to go overboard sometimes. For example, TV time, computer time etc.
  • The child learns better from hands on experience or natural environmental teaching. Take them out. Engage with them. Have fun. Have a bond and interact with them at any given opportunity.
  • Break teaching into small components. One step at a time. Praise and encourage for small achievements. Positive reinforcement works best.
  • Use specific words to give instructions. Too many words will confuse the child.
  • Analyse what you are targeting to teach is a realistic, functional skill.
  • Notice the progress and note it down regularly. You will be amazed to see the small steady progress your child is making.
  • If you think the child has not progressed, change strategies or teaching methodology to accommodate the child’s learning.
  • Try errorless teaching. What is it? It is guaranteeing that my child does not fail at a given task by helping him along until my help is no longer necessary. It is about providing prompts.
  • Fade prompts. What is it? As my child shows that he is beginning to understand what is expected of him, I need to slowly reduce the help I have been giving.
  • Consistency is the key to success. Never give up. We all together can bring in progress.