When you get the news that your child has been diagnosed with a physical disorder, mental disorder, or serious illness, it can be overwhelming. It is important to understand that you are not alone. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research has shown that 1 in every 5 children in the United States has a special healthcare need. Did you know that support services are available to you in your community? These agencies provide education and guidance to help you cope with the demands of caring for a child with special needs. It is important that you become your child’s #1 advocate and learn to get in touch with your feelings, so you can help your child in a healthy and effective way.
It is normal to experience a variety of emotions when you discover the results of your child’s condition. You may feel discouraged, denial, fear, anger, guilt, helplessness and confusion. Some may begin the grieving process in which they will mourn the loss of abilities that their child may never experience. It is essential that you reach out for help. A therapist can help you cope and promote future healing. During this difficult time, it is important that you surround yourself and your child with compassionate loved ones so that the transition into this new lifestyle can be as comfortable as possible. If their illness or disorder is debilitating or life-threatening, it may be crucial to discuss their condition with them in terms that are understandable based on their age and developmental level.
Remember, you are not alone! Your physical and mental health is important to us and we are here to help. For more information on the services provided by TCP Marriage & Family Services, call our office at: (210) 516-2607 or visit our website at: www.tcpmfs.org.