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Why would a family with a special needs child become isolated?


Asked by Anonymous at 6:37 PM on Aug. 3, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • For most of us it is a simple case of not being able to relate. The life experiences of families with special needs children are very different than those of families with typically developing children and there is little, if anything, to be had in common. Friends gradually drift away b/c their babies are reaching milestones & moving on, while your child with special needs may still be struggling with the basics. Then there are the myriad doctor appts., therapy appts., specialists appts., testing, hospitalizations, etc. that leave little time for much else. Nobody will babysit your child with special needs, or if they will, it's not for long, so forget going out anywhere alone. Families don't know how to relate to the child w/special needs, so they tend to ignore the child, which causes hurt feelings & a drifting away. Those of us who can, work extra hours to cover the costs of equipment, co-pays, meds, therapy, & daily needs.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:34 PM on Aug. 3, 2009

  • you tell me than we will both child has an iep....just speech.but she isnt as gifted in sports as the other kids she used to play with so now she has been isolated....what is his disibility?ya shame on these parents for doing this....i will be looking back at the answers you get maybe i can get some insight...

    Answer by nana77500 at 6:40 PM on Aug. 3, 2009

  • ya im back...i read the last answer and i agree but in our case its just struggling with the basics.she cant relate to other kids. though she only has a mild disibility she cant formulate her words in her mind therefor she usually plays with kids that are younger than feeling is they will make friends and fit into there nitch.good luck.....

    Answer by nana77500 at 8:05 PM on Aug. 3, 2009