When a parent learns that a child has a physical or developmental challenge - a special need - it can be the start of a long road filled with strong emotions and difficult choices.
As you raise your child, more will be demanded of you than of your friends whose children don't have the same problem. You will need to make many appointments for your child to provide special treatments, and deal with many professionals and specialists, not all of whom will be equally sensitive to how caring for your child's special needs is affecting you.
Over the years, you will continue to need information and services to help you adjust to your child's special needs at each new stage of development. And despite the challenges, there will also be the ongoing joys of parenting.
But sometimes it's hard to stay positive. You may feel isolated and alone, that it's just too much of a burden. That's understandable - it's a big job.
You might want to try the following suggestions to make it seem easier:
If you are in Canada and wish to speak to a counsellor about your situation, or obtain information on the resources available to parents of children with special needs, contact Parent Help Line at 1-888-603-9100.