Organizing for the Special needs Child

June 29, 2010 by  

So you think you have trouble organizing your children?

Can you imagine if you had a child with special needs?  Think with me for a moment of some of the possibilities of the equipment some of these medically fragile children have. Then imagine where you would put all this medical equipment in your home.

*Wheel Chair

*Walker

*Lift (to lift them out of bed or tub)

*Oxygen tanks

*concentrator for the oxygen (about the size of a tall ottoman)

*Suction machine

*Hospital Bed

*Physical therapy or occupational equipment

*diapers for older kids

*IV pole to hang feeding bags on

*G-tube, catheters, dressing changes, tape, medications, syringes, trach equipment…

I could go on and on and on!  Now of course not all special needs children need all of this medical equipment.  A mentally challenged child may have autism or Down’s syndrome and need some learning or PT or OT supplies…but they may not have all the physical needs of other physically handicapped children.

I have been a pediatric nurse for 28 years. I was a case manager for the Pediatric in home cases for 4 years…and have seen many families with situations they deal with daily…that you and I can’t imagine. Funny thing is….most of them are organized. Maybe it is their nurses that help them to organize….but I think most of these families realize to survive and do the best for their special needs children (appts, medications etc..) they HAVE to be organized.

But please believe me when I say that these households have double the need to be and stay organized and less time to do it than you and I.

Over this next couple of days I am going to post some tips that can help the Special Needs family.

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4 Responses to “Organizing for the Special needs Child”
  1. Jaime says:

    I have a Special Needs Child and I am loving reading your “Organizing A Special Needs Child”! We have a fairly large house and I still feel like I’m drowning in Medical Supplies, Meds, and Equipment!!

  2. Sandy says:

    Jaime,
    I hope some of my ideas can help you. If you would like more help…and want to take some pictures of your space…there maybe some other ideas I can give you.

  3. Joy says:

    This is awesome. I am also a peds nurse with special needs kids in their homes. It is true that most of the families are amazingly organized, no matter what their situation, but I like these ideas. They give extra flare to what can be a mundane and boring organizing situation.

    I have to admit, I’m a cluttery person, and I have learned so much about organizing and cleaning from my special needs families. My home systems are becoming much more organized than they were before I started this job!

    I am bookmarking your site. Thanks for the wonderful tips and lovely photos to demonstrate.

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