Working parents of children with special needs are often put into a difficult position when trying to find a suitable day care for their child. Traditional day cares are generally not equipped with properly trained staff or educational tools for children with Autism, Down Syndrome, and other learning disabilities or disorders. These parents must instead find a San Antonio special needs day care for their child. These day cares will have trained staff, features such as extra educational tools and sensory equipment, and additional safety features to help children with special needs grow up happy and healthy.
The staff at a San Antonio special needs day care need additional training than those individuals who work at traditional day cares. Many of the staff members will have early childhood education degrees as well as special education degrees. This will help the children who attend the day care with language development, emotional development, as well as their motor skills. Because children with special needs often have trouble expressing their needs, especially if they have impaired language development, staff needs to be trained to help enhance the skills they already have and interpret the children’s needs when they cannot express them. It is the goal of special needs day cares to allow children to obtain social and educational skills, rather than treat them as if they are too difficult or impossible to teach.
This goal also affects the educational and sensory tools that a San Antonio special needs day care will have within the building. These include educational tools that make language and social development more approachable for the children. These tools will also include things that are not available at traditional day cares. For example, a San Antonio special needs day care will have a sensory room. A sensory room is a special area of a school or day care meant to help students and children with special needs get back to a calm level of interaction when they become overstimulated. A sensory room has a wide range of items available for the children, depending on their individual sensory needs. Items include fidgets, which are small toys that allow the children to busy their hands and release energy. Some children need trampolines to bounce, rugs to be rolled in, or weighted vests. All of these items reach a different sensory need and allow children to calm down, wake up, or feel engaged on a different level to help with social interaction.
A San Antonio special needs day care also needs additional safety and medical equipment over what a traditional day care would have. Since many children with special needs often need more medications than other children, staff members are better trained to administer those medications. These children also often need more help with simple tasks, such as using the rest room. Day care facilities will have extra equipment, such as specialty toilets and bio-hazardous materials containers. There are also extra locks and gates for children who are prone to running, and staff members are trained in appropriately restraining children with emotional and social disorders who have potentially violent outbursts.
All parents worry about the day care they choose for their children. This worry is intensified when the parents’ child has special needs beyond that which can be handled in a traditional day care setting. Parents and teachers want children with special needs to be able to grow beyond their individual diagnosis. A San Antonio special needs day care will help these children gain skills with interacting with peers and adults, learning language and math skills, and emotional skills to help them manage their own behaviors.