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
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 out. Having 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.
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.
\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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