A r c h i v e d I n f o r m a t i o n
Including Your Child - April 1997
All children can succeed with the right support. Being a parent of any child is not always easy. You can often feel overwhelmed and confused. If your child has special needs, these feelings may seem even stronger. You have many questions and you may not always know where to go for answers. Sometimes you might not even know what to ask. This booklet may lead you to people who can help.
the areas where your child needs individualized supports and services to help develop, learn, be happy, and be included with children of the same age. Sometimes these special needs are called disabilities.
This booklet covers the first eight years of your child's life. It gives information that may answer some of your questions. There are no answers that will work for everyone. There are different answers for each family. You will have to decide what is best for you, your family, and your child.
Before you get started, here are a few things to remember:
- A family is the most important support a child can have.
- Every family and every child has strengths.
- In the early years, help and support are very important.
- Your child may need special services and
supports to learn.
- There are laws that can work for you and your child.
- You should have a dream for your child.
- It is important to have a plan that will help the dream come true.
- Include your child in activities with all children in the community.
- You are not alone. Reach outothers have been there and can help.
Remember this booklet is only a guide. You know best what information will be useful. One thing is sure, you can make a positive difference in your child's life! We hope that this booklet will help
support your dreams and lead you to people who can get you started.