Children with disabilities

Children with disabilities

You have gone through months of joyous anticipation and a tiring birth. All you wanted was to hold your healthy baby in your arms. But now you learn that your baby has a disability. Only time will tell how your child will cope with his or her condition. You will probably ask yourself: «Why has this happened to me?» In most cases there is no clear answer. But one thing is certain: it is not your fault! You have a very special child now. It needs your love and affection as much as any child. And it will give you a lot of love in return. Your child is a gift – more than you can imagine in the beginning.

Parents need time to come to terms with the fact that their child has been born with a disability. In this first phase, parents are very vulnerable and often withdraw from family and friends. But in fact, they need all the support they can get. Doctors, relatives and friends are indispensable. Parents’ groups are very helpful. Other more experienced parents in the same situation have a lot of useful information and provide social and emotional support. Of course, you will need special care and education for your child, but do not make hasty decisions. It is always good to get as much information as possible. You will learn to judge what is best for you and your child, and where to get the professional support that suits you best.

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