Parenting a Child With Additional Needs

Children with disability really benefit from early intervention – the earlier, the better. But it can be hard to know which early intervention is right for your child. A good early intervention will be family focused, well structured and based on reliable evidence. Early intervention works best when it’s targeted at your child’s individual needs.

As a parent or carer, you want to know that your child gets to have the best childhood possible. However, when parenting a child with additional needs, early intervention is sometimes vital for their development. At the same time, you want to make sure that the intervention is reliable, gives you results, and is a good fit for your family.

In this article from Raising Children, you can read more about getting your child’s disability diagnosed and understanding what the diagnosis means to your child’s development, how it will impact them on the long term, and – most importantly – what types of treatments are available to help you fill in the gaps caused by your child’s condition.

A paediatrician can help you understand your child’s condition and they can also assist you in choosing the best intervention plan for your child and your family.

On the website, parents and carers can also watch a video where child disability experts talk about what to do if you are concerned about your child’s development. One of the most important steps is to get a diagnosis, so you know what you are dealing with.

In the video, parents talk about how they felt when they heard about their child’s disability and how they found the resources to cope with the situation. Parenting a child with additional needs is a challenge, but with the right diagnosis and the right treatment plan, you can find alienation and happiness in raising your child. The most important lesson is that it is OK to grieve.

It is recommended to research treatments before you make a decision as to whether it is right for your child. You can figure out if the therapy is good by asking questions about it – something that is detailed upon on Raising Children. According to interviewed child disability experts, it’s important to start therapy early, but it’s also never too late to start.

Raising Children provides information about how to choose a service provider, as well as funding options for your child’s therapy.

Read more here.

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