You have already answered the the question “Does Your Child Have Special Needs”? Now You need to know about the details in the process.
Once your child has been diagnosed you need to get as much information as possible and then do the following 5 steps to keep you on tract:
1. Organize the information. You will be given a lot of information to keep track of, such as your child’s evaluations, insurance claims and reports. You should start with a large loose leaf book binder and write down everything, including records and details discussed during phone contact.
2. Decrease the difficulty of awkward things around. You could log lots and lots of miles just taking your child from therapy to therapy. Do your best to schedule your appointments at convenient times and locations, as you keep your child’s nap time and his other routines into consideration. Plan out your weekly schedule, and keep the therapists’ addresses and phone numbers within easy reach.
3. Give respect to the therapist that is assigned to your child. You are a busy mom, but in actuality the therapists are more busy than you. If you need to cancel a session give them ample notice. Be appreciative for the work they do for your child and the family. Every professional needs to be appreciated.
4. Be careful as you research information on the internet. Lots of misinformation is out there so be very careful what you read. You may read about conditions that are more serious than yours, such as autism. Watch what you say, and be sure to respect other people’s point of view. Keep in mind that tempers could become heated.
5. Add a book or two to your library to help guide you. I strongly suggest this book for newly diagnosed parents “The Elephant in the Playroom: This about everyday people like you writing about their true feelings about raising children with Special Needs”. For the really tough days read this one “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: This is a Guide for Ordinary Parents who have Special Children”.
The next area to look at will be Resources.