Does My Child Have

Special Needs?

Since every child develops at his or her own pace and every child is unique, it can often be very difficult to know whether or not your child has a disability or special needs. You may have people in your life offering opinions in either direction, but in the end you know your child best.

Here are some basic signs and things to consider if you think your child might have special needs.

  1. Keep an Eye On Milestones: We all know that milestones can be subjective. Some children walk early but talk late, and other kids might just take their own path. This alone doesn’t necessarily mean a child has special needs, but if you notice your child consistently hitting milestones much later, it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor.

     

  2. Note Examples:If you think your child might have special needs or have a nagging feeling that something might be a little different, take note of examples that stand out to you so you can share those with your doctor, and communicate them during any testing or screenings. Detail can be extremely helpful, and your point of view is vital to the process.

     

  3. Ask Questions: If you suspect your child might have special needs, it is always a good idea to ask questions of your pediatrician early. If your doctor feels enough criteria are met to warrant a test or screening, it is a good thing to consider. Of course making that decision can be stressful and scary for parents, but knowledge is power. If your child doesn’t receive a diagnosis, at least you know, and if they do, that means you can get them the help they need.

     

  4. Trust Your Instincts. As mentioned previously, you know your child the best. Follow your instinct, talk to doctors and get a second opinion if necessary. The answers are there if you have the courage and commitment to find them. 

It is always a good idea to ask questions and talk to medical professionals that know your child. Doing research online can be helpful, but resist the urge to self-diagnose and talk to a professional who can help.

Does My Child have Special Needs?

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As the parent of an autisic son, I understand what it is like to feel overwhelmed, alone and lost after receiving a special needs diagnosis. It’s an emotional and logistically difficult path and families shouldn’t have to go it alone. I’m here to make your life easier and to give you the benefit of what I’ve learned along the way. 

 
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