Coming to Terms with Childhood and Developmental Disorders
With terrifying regularity, new cases of childhood and developmental disorders are being diagnosed, and families struggle to adapt to the peculiar challenges that can result. Each of the varying diagnoses come with their own unique struggles and dangers and demand that parents find needed help in handling the stress and anxiety of raising a child with any one of these different disorders. Additionally, there are specialized charities, foundations and organizations that are geared toward helping families meet the emotional, physical and financial demands they face. Examples of the various childhood and development disorders include:
- ADHD or ADD
- Conduct Disorder
- Disorder of Written Expression
- Mental Retardation
- Cerebral Palsy
- Hearing or Vision problems
Where to Turn for Help
If you have been given a diagnosis or suspect that your child or the child of someone you know is suffering from a childhood developmental disorder, the first place to turn for help if your local family doctor who can recommend and refer you to specialists who can handle the particulars of the malady. After you meet with the specialist, you may also need information about support groups, associations, parental resources or other contacts and networks that can make dealing with the disorder less stressful for parents and families.
It will also be essential that you find out the coverage and care you’ll be provided for with your insurance company policy. Find out what co-pays or deductibles you’ll be expected to come up with and how often. Discern if there are any limits to your care and when they kick in. Knowledge truly is power, and the more you know as you enter the process, the better prepared you’ll be to face them with courage and understanding instead of fear and trepidation. There will be enough challenges on the road ahead without adding in unnecessary ones.
Take Time to “Zoom Out”
It’s easy to suffer from tunnel vision when you’re facing a diagnosis like autism or Asperger’s or mental retardation. However, in order to come to terms with the reality of your situation, you have to be able to zoom out to the big-picture perspective that prevents you from getting overwhelmed by the here and now and unable to prepare for the future. You need times of clarity and the ability to assess the situation to find out exact what is going on, what is at stake and what resources you have available to you.
Power for Parenting
When confronted with a diagnosis of a childhood developmental disorder, parents can often lose sight of their needs and quickly fizzle into the burn-out stage. Once you’ve obtained a diagnosis and the second opinion you may want to request, the next stage is your quest for knowledge and insights that can lead to a successful game plan. If your child has been identified to be suffering from a developmental disorder, you need to remember to invest in yourself and take time out to relax and rejuvenate to find strength for the challenge that’s ahead of you. You need to rest and get reinvigorated with hope and energy to keep on going.
Today, there are more and more resources available for parents of children suffering from developmental disorders of all types. All you need is to get in contact with the professionals who can help you create a strategy for success. Then, armed with that plan, you approach life one day at a time with the courage to face whatever comes your way.