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Raising Children with Developmental Issues FAQs
Q: What can we expect to happen in the long run?
A: Children’s development is often hard to predict and each child is unique. However, close monitoring of your child by professionals can provide important advice as to what to expect during various developmental periods.
Q: How can I help our family adapt during the day-to-day activities to support the child’s learning and development and assure appropriate health care?
A: Research suggests that family adaptation involving active coping strategies can help keep your family connected and create opportunities to ensure your child’s optimal development.
Q: What kinds of support are important when coping with the stress of caring for a young child with a developmental delay?
A: Parental support groups can give you an opportunity to decrease any sense of isolation you are feeling and increase your sense of optimism. Taking time for a little R & R is also a key coping strategy.
Q: Are there community resources that can help?
A: Depending on your child’s special needs, numerous public and private resources are available. Our state has a well-developed system of early intervention programs. See Resources for a listing of organizations.
Q: How can I ensure that I am helping my child with a developmental delay to the best of my ability?
A: The parenting skills needed for raising a child with a developmental delay are similar to those required to raise all children. However, sometimes unique and even demanding strategies are needed. Look for parent training programs that focus on adaptive strategies carefully linked to your child’s development.