Special needs support
Being the parent to a child with special needs can be a lonely experience: watching other mummies going to toddler groups and fretting about additives in the biscuits can seem like a strange other-world compared to the daily realities you're facing.
The most important source of support at this time of your life is probably going to be other parents who are in the same boat as you, whether that's via Mumsnet or face to face.
Some mums may have been on this road for quite some time, and will be happy to share their tips and experiences. Others might just totally get where you are coming from – and sometimes that empathy and understanding is exactly what you want.
"I would definitely say that since meeting other mums of SN kids at our therapy group I have got that boost, because they know exactly what I am going through as they are all going through it too." mumgoingcrazy
Your health visitor or GP are a good place to start asking for information about special needs support. There are also general, umbrella groups that provide support and information to families with children with special needs – the main organisation recommended by Mumsnetters is Contact a Family.
We've got some information on the following sources of practical help:
- Direct payments and respite
- Local authority support
- Help with behavioural issues
- Support groups
- Courses for parents
- Childminders and nurseries
And, of course, Mumsnet Talk has special needs forums on the following topics:
- Teens and pre-teens
- Legal and financial
- Parents with disabilities