That’s what happened in my family. Our son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was late to crawl and we noticed he had a clear preference for one side of his body. My husband asked me one night, “Does he always have his right hand fisted while he’s crawling?” I quickly said, “No” and then proceeded to frantically look through months of photos from my phone. The answer was actually “yes” and it wasn’t just with crawling. Some developmental disabilities may be diagnosed at birth; most, like with my son, are diagnosed when a child is growing but not meeting developmental milestones.
Do you sometimes wonder if your child is behind in development?
For many of us, it is a big step to make the call for an assessment. Once we take the leap, we often have the anticlimactic experience of waiting. When the appointment finally comes, maybe we end up with a diagnosis. Relief? Possibly. Answers? Probably. Done? Not exactly. So, now what?
Give me all of the information and give it to me now!
That’s how I felt. And that’s what I see parents asking for in my social media support groups. As parent contributor Katie Emmanuel writes about her experience accepting her child’s autism diagnosis, find your positive support tribe and lean on them! Katie notes there are 60+ Facebook Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs. Find the groups that work for you. You’re not alone and you’ll soon learn that many people are fiercely in your corner.
When I started to research and gather information, I wanted a blueprint. Something to help me understand all of the parts I needed to consider in a way that wasn’t confusing and overwhelming like so much of what is available online.
This is the beauty of Exceptional Lives. All the information we need as parents is in one place. And it doesn’t leave us feeling frustrated or disheartened, but rather empowered in our parenting journey, feeling supported and confident.
As a parent, Exceptional Lives has given me my blueprint; as I grow and as my child grows, I continue to check back to take note of where we’ve come from, where we are and where we are headed next.