Expanding Your Parenting Toolkit
Parenting a child is perhaps one of the most challenging tasks we will face during our lifetime. In addition to the usual stresses and strains of parenthood, parents of children with special needs face additional pressures and must learn to cope with challenges in ways that will enhance, rather than hinder, the growth of their child. At the time of diagnosis, there are several things you can do to prepare you for this lifelong journey.
Do your research
One of the first things you can do is to collect information about your child’s disability, about the services that are available, and about the specific things you can do to help your child develop to the fullest extent possible.
Find out about services
There are a variety of services available to you and your family–many of these are possible due to legislation at the federal and state levels. Continue reading to learn more about the special education laws and programs near you.
Access care and education
All parents, at some time, will probably need to find care for their child in some form. Whether you are choosing a child care program, respite care, developmental preschool, or elementary school, we are here to help!
Connect with other families
Much of the information that will be helpful to you is in the hands, heads, and hearts of other parents like yourself. For this reason, it is worthwhile to join a parent’s group. We can help guide you in the right direction as you make that decision.