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We all know that being expecting parents is one of the most exciting times in a family’s journey. Usually no one is more excited about the child than the parents, but sometimes it seems the excitement they feel is surpassed by the excitement grandparents feel! While each and every child is a blessing from God, precious and unique, sometimes the birth can be accompanied by some heartbreaking news. The birth of a child with special needs or a disability is one of the most traumatic things that can happen to new parents. Being thrust into making medical decisions for your precious child can be overwhelming; doctors asking you to approve things you really know nothing about is frightening. Whether it is made at birth or even years later, a diagnosis can put real strain on a family. They need support from those who love them, though it can seem difficult to figure out just how to help. There are, however, several kinds of practical support that grandparents are in a unique position to provide. These small steps will have an enormous impact for good on your child’s family.
New parents need rest! What many people don’t understand is how your son or daughter’s situation is different from that of many other parents. Imagine your grandchild requires regular medical interventions, like oxygen or tube feedings. Even if they don’t need these things, perhaps they have cognitive issues or suffer from emotional outbursts. Your child can’t hire the twelve year old girl down the street to babysit. Even though there might be respite care available, it can be scary for parents to leave their child in an unknown place. The added stress of this kind of fear only makes the situation more difficult. Spending time with your grandchild, learning their daily routine, can be immensely helpful. This way, when their parents need to go to an appointment or take some much-needed time for themselves, they can leave their child with someone they can trust. Such assistance can be a powerful blessing. Even if the parents are unable to leave their child with you due to specific medical needs, if they have other children you can give a tremendous gift by spending time with your other grandkids. Remember that siblings can feel left out due to all the attention required by a child with health issues. Taking each child out for ice cream, or to the park, or fishing, can give them time to be the center of attention, and they will remember these special times in their lives.
Where to turn? Visit Need Project to locate numerous local and web resources concerning one of dozens of Disabilities Resources that can help guide you and your family where you can go in times of difficult circumstances. We're here to provide a bridge to help in your time of need to receive the resource(s) you need the most.
What are Disabilities? A disability is either an impairment that could be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person's lifetime.
Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.
"What kind of Disabilities Resources does the Need Project provide? If you have the need to locate assistance for Schizophrenia, Autism, Cystic Fybrosis, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Spina Bifida or one of the dozens of other Disabilities Resources -- Let Need Project be there to guide you using our Local Resources to locate disabilities resources in your state and within your own city."