Parenting After a Spinal Cord Injury

By Roll Rev

October 4, 2017

Topics: Spinal Cord InjuryWheelchair Lifestyle

Parenting After a Spinal Cord Injury

Implement an emergency plan.

Depending on your injury level and mobility, you may or may not be able to take action in emergency situations. This can be difficult to accept, but medical alert bracelets or a 911 call button can give you access to help quickly in an emergency situation.


Keep safety first.

The level of safety measures you need to put in place largely depends on the age of your child and your mobility. If you have a young child and aren’t able to chase after them easily, consider putting safety measures in place when your spouse or help is not home with you. Locking doors to certain rooms or doors that lead outside the home can help prevent a child from wandering somewhere they shouldn’t.


Build a relationship.

Losing some of your physical ability does not mean you’ve lost all control. Focus on your relationship with your child – read to them, work on a project together, and talk to them about what’s going on in their lives.


Get comfortable with your discipline style.

Your discipline style will vary based on the age of your child. However, losing the ability to physically discipline a child or remove them from a situation does not mean you can no longer discipline. Set boundaries with your child to help catch bad behaviors before they start and reward good behaviors.


Ask for help.

Some daily tasks associated with raising a child may require the help of someone other than yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. A few hours of relief from parenting each week may even help you in the long run.


Discuss your injury.

Have an age appropriate conversation with your child about your injury and the limitations it may cause you.  As a parent, you may feel inclined to protect your child from the challenges associated with adulthood. However, even a young child can sense when something in their life is different than others. Create the understanding right away that your injury isn’t something to be ashamed of and can be talked about.

SCI App Spotlight

Source:, Accessed: 8/15/17


Roll Rev

Roll Rev

The information within this post is not nor is intended to be medical advice. Invacare Corporation accepts no liability for any errors, omissions or representations.

Submit A Comment