Raising a child with special health care needs can be a complex and demanding job. Parents manage their child’s health and developmental needs while juggling the rest of their family’s life. Many parents say there is little information about how to manage their child’s ongoing health care needs in the context of their daily life. Parents who participated in the Building on Family Strengths (BFS) project were asked to share their concerns and discuss what helps them deal with everyday challenges.
For each challenge listed below, you will find strategies that helped these parents manage their situations. Remember that working on a strategy to meet a challenge is an individual process — take your time, think about small steps, and choose what feels right for you.