Families of Children with Special Needs
If you, or someone you know, has a child with special needs, you already know that there are many new challenges for the entire family. From infancy to young adult years, the child’s special needs influence the lives of everyone in the family. Roles and routines may change, and siblings, parents, grandparents and other extended family members may be affected.
Has your child been diagnosed with:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder?
- Chronic Illness?
- Communication Disorders?
- Behavioral Disorders?
- Hearing Impairment?
- Learning Disabilities?
- Mentally Handicapped?
- Cerebral Palsy?
- Multiple Disabilities?
- Physical Disabilities?
- Traumatic Brain Injury?
- Visual Impairment?
Whether any of these diagnoses are appropriate
for your child, or you have other concerns about
their cognitive, physical, or social development,
the therapists at Family Therapy Associates are
ready to help you explore your concerns and find
solutions that "fit" for you and your family.
If you are wondering if you
and your family might benefit from therapy,
ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you find it difficult to witness your child's
- Do you worry about the well-being of other children
in the family?
- Is there increased tension with your spouse?
- Are you a single parent going through this
on your own?
- Are you troubled about the fair distribution
of time, money and attention to other family members?
- Are you experiencing feelings of guilt, anger,
sadness, fear, or anxiety?
- Do you find yourself constantly worrying about
your child’s future?
- Are you struggling with the exhausting nature
of the situation?
- Are you reluctant to discuss these emotions
with friends or family members because they are
just “too close to the situation”?
At Family Therapy Associates, we see
many families who are struggling to cope with the
special challenges they face when a child is ill
or disabled. They come to us searching for ways
to balance emotional, physical, social, and/or spiritual
needs for the entire family. Responses to this stress
vary as much as the answers to how best to cope.
The problems are individual, the situations are
different and the choices are personal.
How Can Therapy be Helpful?
The parents we work with tell us that when
they find the support that they need, they
are better able to provide and enjoy a positive,
caring, and loving environment for the entire
family. Through therapy they have recognized
that it is a "normal" process to need to explore
ways of coping with a child with a disability
or chronic illness, and it is far better to
be prepared if and when a critical issue arises.
Often the therapy comes as a combination of
psychotherapy, consultation, and educational
resources. Finding this balance between the
special needs of the child and family life
is an important part of the therapy process.
What services are available for families
of children with special needs?
Individual or Family Therapy -
Weekly or bi-weekly sessions for parents and/or
Consultations - Therapeutic conversation
for less intensive counseling for those who want
to address a specific difficulty; often resolved
in only 1 or 2 sessions.
"When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another."
When friends and family are just too close to your
situation to help,
call us at 954 -341 - 2555
or send a confidential email to: