Getting a diagnosis
You need to get a diagnosis,for your piece of mind.
Your instincts are telling you that something is just not right, you know it in your heart, your head and it niggles in the pit of your stomach.
Your child is not developing like other kids, but you are afraid to give a name to your fears and make things real that you love to be Imaginary.
No matter what anyone say's or how much you would like for the fears to just go away...Have your child checked out!
Early Intervention,especailly, for a special needs child, can make a huge difference to the quality of not only your child, but your life as well.
Find the truth.
Putting off the inevitable will be of no benefit to anyone, so follow the steps below to get a diagnosis:
COPING WITH A DIAGNOSIS
You have been to see your peadiatrician and Specialist, you have gone through numerous examinations and tests, you are exhausted....but, you have it, a diagnosis!
Finally, knowing what's wrong with your child should not be the end of the world for you or your family...it is the first steps to getting help!
Getting a diagnosis is probably the hardest thing you have ever had to do. It means putting aside the dreams of one kind of life you may have had, and following a completely different path.
Denying and fearing your different child is not going to help you, your child or your family...getting the proper treatment is!
The most important thing to remember is that your child, is first and foremost, still your child, a little individual human with strengths and abilities!
Keep the following in mind, as you set out on your journey:
There are probably many questions running through your mind and you are not quite sure who to ask, have a look at our
FAQ after a diagnosis
to see what concerns other parents had.
ACCEPTING A DIAGNOSIS
We now finally know what is wrong, and may even have an idea of or a plan where to go from here. But it is easy to get stuck in a mindset that whatever we are doing today is in pursuit of a better future.
But, since we cannot ever know for certain that what we expect to happen in the future, actually will, there is something said for focusing on the present...it is, if nothing else, allot easier to predict!
Focusing on finding a school that our child is comfortable in, therapy that will improve your childs quality of life now, finding strategies to cope with the stress and keep things calm, Spending lots of fun time together and appreciating your child where they are at...These are the things that are important right now!
All of these things can make a huge difference in your family short terms happiness, and pave the way for a more secure future...ALL ROUND!
We all want our children to be successful, but this is very different for a child with special needs. Being at academic or fantastic sportsman are almost impossible goals for our children to succeed...but these are not the only goals that matter.
Here are a couple of other ways to think about what success means our children:
Help on finding a good peadiatrician, questions to ask and what to do before and after the visit.
Specialists can be intimidating; they may also hold the key a specific diagnosis that can give your child the necessary treatment, therapies and services...
Afraid of labels,therapy or society's disaproval? Those are all bad reasons to deny your child the advantages and benefits of early intervention...
Doctors and hospitals
What we, as parents of special needs children want from Doctors and Hospitals staff who treat our children...
Parenting a special needs child
Chances are when you descided to sign up for a child, Parenting a special needs child was not what you had in mind...
There are so many questions parents need answers too, and we aren't always sure who to ask, here are some FAQ, after a disability diagnosis, that may shed some light...
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