Children with Special Needs

Having a baby is an overwhelming time to say the least, but learning that your baby (or child) has special needs may, for some, be more than overwhelming. Below are some resources to help you make a difference in the quality of life for you and your family.

Research

Learn as much as you can about the diagnosis. The term “Special Needs” is an umbrella term used to address a large array of different diagnoses, which can range from a mild learning disability to profound mental retardation or a terminal illness. The term is used to help assign a place to find useful services, set appropriate goals and aid families in need. By doing your homework, you are able to advocate for yourself and your child. You should also become familiar with what your needs are and where to find help.

Research can be done online, through hospitals, specialty treatment centers, foundations, support groups, doctors, etc. In addition to our Community Resources, here are a few others to begin your research: