When families fail parents of children with special needs
Receiving a diagnosis for your child is a life-changing experience. Raising any child is challenging, but those who have special needs have other struggles to contend with. Many families look to family members for support but don’t always get it. Well-meaning family members can say hurtful things, share outdated information, and have their own myths and prejudices around a diagnosis. Psychologists and parents share their experiences and advice in this article on how to handle the perceptions and comments of family, friends and the general public.