How Parents of Special Needs Children Use Social Media to Reach Out
Since April is Autism Awareness Month, we wanted to do a post that focuses on the different ways that special needs parents use social media to reach out. At Send Social Media, not only do we believe that social media posting is a very effective way for businesses to market themselves, but we’re passionate about the positive impact that social media can have on the world.
Whether it’s people in oppressed countries using social media to communicate or the types of parents we’re about to discuss using these tools to reach out, we’re very excited about the current state and future of social media.
Social Media Provides a Great Source of Support
The act of raising a child is filled with challenges. And when a child has special needs, those challenges can be even more significant. While most people live in a place where they can find other parents to talk with about raising kids, that’s not necessarily the case for special needs parents.
Although most parents can empathize with the experience of raising a special needs child, it’s something that’s hard to truly understand unless you’ve actually gone through it yourself. That’s where social media is able to play a major role.
Since social media removes geographical limitations, special needs parents from all across the US and the rest of the globe are able to find each other. Not only are parents able to connect, but they’re able to conveniently communicate as often as they like.
There are definitely days when being a special needs parent can feel like a very lonely position. What’s great about social media is when someone is feeling this way, they can instantly reach out and get the support they need to keep moving forward.
Don’t Be Afraid to Reach Out
Not only is social media a great source of support for special needs parents, but it’s also an excellent way to share practical advice. Since parents in this position are always happy to share and learn, don’t hesitate to reach out. While plenty of us are conditioned to feel like we should always know the answer, the act of asking for a little guidance can go a long way.
While our social media dashboard supports a variety of networks for businesses that are using social media, we’ve found that for special needs parents, Facebook and Twitter are the two best places to start connecting and reaching out to other parents. Whether it’s through a group, hashtag or profile information, you can easily connect with other parents in this situation without feeling pressured to be anything other than yourself.
If you’re a special needs parent who has used social media to connect with others, we would love for you to leave a comment and tell us about your experience!