If you are in the process of waiting for, or have just received a diagnosis for your child, it is important to know things will settle. Receiving a learning, motor, developmental or ASD diagnosIs for your child can be a challenging time. You are bound to have questions such as: “What will happen to my child’s progress”, “Will they develop in the same way?” “Will they be able to succeed in their life? “What can I do to ensure their progress.” All of these questions are normal.
Whether you are in the process of receiving a learning, motor, developmental or ASD diagnosis for your child, here are some tips that can help you along the journey.
When going through the diagnosis process, it is possible to feel like family and friends do not understand. This can be demonstrated with a desire to help with unhelpful comments, judgement, or questioning. This can bring a feeling of isolation. This feeling, coupled with the confusion of what will happen next, can make it difficult to concentrate on parts of personal and family life.
It is important to find your tribe. Whether that is online or in person. Being around others who understand can be a great help. This can ease the feeling of isolation and build an understanding of what other parents have done. You can join our Instagram community where we regularly share advice from other parents of children with special needs.
This can be a difficult one especially with so much going on around the time of a learning, motor, developmental or asd diagnosis. It is likely that you will be so busy and concerned about what to do with your child that you find little time for yourself. However, self-care is so important. It is important to look after yourself so that you can look after your child. Self-care can be anything from five minutes soaking in the bath or a walk out in nature. Whichever your preferred method, it is important to take time out for yourself.
3. Support from School
Every school is different. As are result, the support you receive from your school will differ. The support that your child can receive may range from 1:1 with an adult, booster sessions and lesson adaptations. When receiving a learning, motor, developmental or asd diagnosis for your child, it can be beneficial speaking to the school This will help to identify any additional support that is available for your child.
4. Support from Local Authority
Speaking to your local authority can help to identify what support you can receive for your child. The local authorities have a duty of care to every child with special needs. As a parent you can speak to the authority with or without a diagnosis.
5. Take one step at a time.
This can be an overwhelming time with a lot of questions and concerns. Taking each day at a time can work wonders. This will allow you to avoid overthinking about future concerns and worries. Enjoying the great moments of your child and celebrating every little milestone will help you along this journey.
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