Q&A: Special Needs Individuals and The 5 Love Languages

Q: For many special needs individuals, sensory input is what communicates to them. How do the 5 love languages apply?

Dr. Gary Chapman: All of us need love. When we figure out a child’s love language and give them heavy doses of it, it speaks to the heart of the child. Special needs children also have a primary love language. When the parents or assistants who work with them seek to discover their primary love language and speak it on a regular basis, it does make a difference in the behavior of the child and they’re going to be much more open to learning and growing from the parent or the teacher who’s trying to instruct them. I think the concept of the 5 love languages is very applicable to special needs children.