Special Needs

By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.
Website: http://www.startingadaycarecenter.com

Disability in a child does not necessarily mean Learning Disabilities. There are a variety of disabilities - including autism, hearing impairment, speech and language disorders, and cerebral palsy - with symptoms that may not be readily noticeable at birth. Some children experience difficulties in school, ranging from problems with concentration, learning, language, and perception to problems with behavior and/or making and keeping friends. These difficulties may be due to one or more of the following: physical disorders, psychiatric disorders, emotional problems, behavioral problems, and learning disorders. Parents of children with special needs have a very important role to play in the education of their children.

When parents discover that their child has a disability, they often go through a cycle of grief, which are similar to that experienced by someone who's lost a loved one, including periods of fear, anger, denial, guilt, and deep sadness. Dealing with the grief and moving forward is vital, because involvement of parents is very important for working with professionals to provide services to their young child. Along with patience, time and support, love and determination, will help you to truly celebrate the unique and special child you have.

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