Resources for Children with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families
When your child is first diagnosed with a developmental disability, the family can feel overwhelmed, scared and lonely. It is not uncommon for a family to feel as though they are the only ones who feel this way and that they are the only family going through this. It is important to note that there are millions of people that are going through the same process and emotions as you, making your feelings valid and legitimate.
It is important to know that you have resources that are available to you and your family to allow you and your child with developmental disabilities to be successful. This transition to a new way of life may seem chaotic and messy, but with the right tools you can have a very happy and healthy life as a family. The CDC has a list of resources that are available to you that can be found here. Please note that there are multiple resources available and depending on your case you may be able to use more than one.
Additionally, Friendship Circle has a list of ten special needs organizations that offer programs and services to the community of special needs individuals and their families. These organizations can provide a network for you and your family to connect with people that have a similar experience as yours. These programs also can allow your child to participate in fun activities such as the Special Olympics or summer camps through Friendship Circle International. It also has a list of programs and organizations that can help you as a parent, guardian or family member of an individual with developmental disabilities.
24 Hour Home Care offers care to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Do you need time to run errands or to get work done? Are you feeling overwhelmed and need a break to rest and recharge? Allow our caregivers to give you the break that you deserve. We are a resource to you and we are here to help you in any way that we can.
We know that this time can be challenging, overwhelming and may seem like you have no one to talk to or relate to. Please know that you are not alone in this process and that there are resources out there meant to help you, give you tools to succeed and to allow your child to flourish.