Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Coming to terms with a special needs diagnosis

There is nothing so joyful as the birth of a new child. The anticipation of what that child could become or will become is just one of a parents greatest dreams. Unfortunately many children do not take a normal path. They may have certain traits that seem unique or cute when they are little, but as time goes by they are no longer appropriate. It is often difficult for new parents to realize that their child is not meeting their developmental milestones or that their behavior is no longer socially acceptable.

Most parents will do their best to try to help their children adjust to situations, but this often results in parents just covering for children who can not function within the accepted norm. It takes a very strong and loving parent to seek an outside opinion concerning their child's development. No one wants to hear that their child is somehow delayed or impaired. However, this is a daily reality that way too many parents are forced to confront.

So you  just learned that your pride and joy; your beautiful child; the love of your life has a problem that may not go away by itself. Your first reaction of sadness is understandable. You and your child must face the reality that he or she may not be having that fairy tale life that you imagined.

Now what do you do? Who do you talk to? Your first course of action should be to get a complete evaluation of your child. Unfortuntately most people will tell you what your child's weaknesses are and not their strengths. This is where you need to step back and make a choice. Do I condemn my child to a life of failure, and disability or do I choose to empower my child with positive thinking and pursue the type of therapies that will give him or her a truly positive future. The ultimate choice is yours.

At ASL Pediatric Therapy Services, we know that all children are unique, and all need their own personalized therapy program. Our therapies are designed to enhance your child's strengths, and build their confidence. We know that the child with special needs will never quit on themsleves. Sadly it is the parent who runs out of steam. It is our firm belief that every child has a very wide window in which therapies can be the most effective. For most children this is from age 2 or 3 until 17 or 18.

If you are facing the need to educate a child who may have a learning disability or a speech delay please let us help you navigate this very confusing and often scary world. We have helped thousands of children and their families to lead positive lives.

Please visit our web site at www.aslpeds.com  and contact our office at 954-295-1383 to schedule a Free Consultation for you and your child this week.

We are located in Weston at 1930 N Commerce Parkway suite #3 right next door to the Marriott Courtyard Hotel.

Every child deserves a better tomorrow....but it will not happen by itself.

Take the next step to help your child. Call ASL today!!

Positive and measurable improvement in months.....not years!!

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