Raising any child is hard work. However, if you add in special health care needs or developmental disabilities, there is even more to learn—whole systems of supports, services, transitions, and terminology. Understanding those systems and learning new terminology will be important, but equally important is getting connected to other families and broader community supports.
Other parents and family members can provide support, ideas and strategies to help you navigate your life with your child and help you not feel so alone.
The focus is not to “fix” your child, but to think in terms of supports and opportunities to enhance their growth and development. Some will come from paid services and supports, but many will come from building connections to your own community.
To learn more, watch Navigating Your Way: Ages Birth to Three for a bird’s eye view of services, supports and resources to help guide you through this stage of life.[If you have seen the video before and wish to skip the introduction, jump ahead to the :53 second mark.]