Things to do when your child is given a diagnosis

I am not a parent but I want to write about this from the perspective of the adult with the label, herself.  There seems to be a stigma within society, about having a diagnosis, of any sort. but I am of the persuasion that a label is the keys to open many doors that will end up being helpful. 
It is my hope for you, that by the end of this post. You can look past the label and see it as keys to opening many doors for you, your child and your family. Education By having a label in the education system will help open doors to make education less challenging and more successful for the student, with special needs. Things change based on age

elementary school

In elementary school, having a label will help those educating your child. It will allow you to tailor their education to meet their needs, in the form of an Individual Education Plan (IEP)


What I am about to say is going to sound absurd at first is most likely, but please hear me outHaving a diagnosis will help your child socially. The reality is, children are curious. They will want to know why things are the way they are.   By having an official diagnosis or label. it will help you answer the questions that your child and their friends will have.
It will also give you the ability to arm your child with the tools. the tools they will need to answer questions, about their condition. they will be asking throughout life. By having basic answers, it brings clarity and understanding. Knowledge is power.

high school

most adults would agree that the high school years are difficult for all.  But it is the time in my life when I learned a skill that I have taken with me into my adult life. What is it? Self-advocacy.I will explain how I learned this skill, and for anyone who is wondering yes, it is a skill you learn.

learning Self-advocacy

\I learned self-advocacy, from a wise teacher. Whose job it was to support students with physical disabilities. By the time, I was in high school we were expected to approach our teachers ourselves and advocate our own needs.
Of course, all this was done in a supportive way. If we were not making headway doing it ourselves. We had the support of this teacher and the educational assistants. All they stepped in to make sure we were being met. This is a skill I continued to use throughout college and even now into adulthood.


By post-secondary I was completely independent in my academics. I had to often advocate for myself, which I was prepared to do. Knowing I had the skill set that I needed to make sure I would be able to use the support I would need to take all the stress away allowing me to focus on my course load.
Often times you need a label or diagnosis to able services within your community.  There are plenty of things available but the door is locked to accessing them without a diagnosis conclusion In


it is my hope you will see the benefits of embracing the label or diagnosis. As it will open many doors for you,

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How has knowledge about a condition that you have helped you in day to day life?


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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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