Every parent and family member of a young child wants them to succeed and enjoy life to the fullest. For some kids, this is an easy task as the world seems to open quickly to them. For others the road might not be as smooth, but it is still a rewarding one. Family members of children with special needs quickly come to understand that life might not be as cookie cutter for their child. This does not mean however, that the child will not succeed; it just means they will carve their own path. There are multiple resources for parents of children with special needs covering almost every aspect of life.
Health Your Child’s
Depending on the child’s diagnosis, some special needs children require special medical attention from the moment they are born. These needs will change as the child begins to grow older. The good news for their parents is there are many organizations that can assist parents and family members with these needs.
Shriners Hospital for Children is a hospital specifically tailored to helping children with orthopedic needs. The network of hospitals provides care for children up to age 18 in the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama.
Many disabilities will also have their own support organizations that can help guide a parent through any health concerns that may come up. For example, United Cerebral Palsy which educates, advocates, and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with spectrum of disabilities.
Every child in the United States should have access to a fair and appropriate education. For many children, this is an easy path to follow. However, parents of children with special needs may have to consider multiple aspects of the learning environment beyond classroom instruction. For example, does the child require special therapy, speech and language, physical or occupational? Does he or she require an assistant to be able to maneuver through the day? These are just two the questions that parents may need to consider.
There are programs available from the federal level right to your local school district that can help answer these questions and ensure the student’s success. If your child does require special accommodations in order to be successful during the school year, contact their doctor and arrange for an evaluation through your school district. Through a series of tests, the school’s Child Study Team will be able to determine exactly what the student needs.