Sunday, October 24, 2010

Day 24 -- Got Support?

After perusing a variety of blogs regarding raising a child with special needs, I see clearly what we all have in common. If we could have one thing for certain, what do you think it would be? An extra set of hands? Someone to do the laundry? Someone to take our child to therapy or to do other errands? Surely all of the above would rank pretty high, but what I see as a most definite need is to know that we are not alone.

One thing we all need if we are walking the journey of raising a child with special needs is support. I read blogs where people have never met, but are relying heavily on each other because they know that the other "gets" it. It is vitally important to have these people in your life, and these days, you need not be in the same city to have them!

If you find yourself wishing you had more in the way of support from family (or at least a little understanding), write them an email or letter. Often family want to be of help but are not mind readers and do not know how to help. Send them to an informative website and outline what would be helpful to you and what would not. Many times, they will be relieved to know.

Reach out. Let others in. Talk to those who have kids close to your child's age and find some people who understand. You are definitely not alone.

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