When a professional first tells you your child has a developmental
disability, you’re probably going to have a million questions – and a
lot of emotions. So here’s who you can call:
First, talk to your spouse or partner, another close family member, or someone else you trust and love. Look for someone you can count
on to do a lot more listening than talking, and someone who will
give you support and reassurance.
Next, talk to someone you know who has a child with a disability
(preferably a developmental disability). Everyone’s experience is
different, but talking to someone else who’s been down this road can make it a lot easier. You’re opening a dialogue that could well go on
for years; for now, you can ask for advice about local resources,
support groups and programs.
Finally, contact your local Infant Development program. They will
send a consultant to talk to you, and you get to call the shots on the
kind of support you need.