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By Jane Faulkner Leonard, Sherri L. Cadenhead, Margaret E. Myers

The standard event of elevating a toddler with cerebral palsy is spelled out the following with suggestion on aiding the kid develop into as self reliant as attainable, delivering schooling and occupational education, and making provisions for the kid's social, emotional, and fiscal destiny.

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If a stranger showers pity on you or your child, thank him for his concern, but always point out at least one of your child's strengths or accomplishments. Never let your child hear himself called a burden by anyone, even if your child cannot speak. < previous page page_24 next page > < previous page page_25 next page > Page 25 As soon as you possibly can, teach your child about his disability. Role-play with him about how to introduce himself and explain his disability to other children and adults.

Do not forget that your child has magical qualities all his own despite his disabilities. Many people will see the specialness of his spirit. Financial burdens are often heavier for single-parent families. Consult a social worker or case manager as early as possible to investigate the many programs that might provide food, housing, medical care, money, valuable services, or equipment for your child. Consulting a lawyer familiar with estate planning for families with children who are disabled can also be invaluable.

When dealing with family members, it is important to recognize and support the different patterns of grieving in each person. Encourage family members to talk and seek support from each other, friends, parent support groups, or individual counselors. Realize that feelings of grief may cause a family member to withdraw from the baby or try to take over the baby completely. At this difficult time, parents are under extreme stress. Parents can react with anger, withdrawal, or denial. It is common to feel very angry or frustrated with your spouse.

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