It Takes a Village
The road toward finding help for a child with disabilities is often fraught with obstacles: lack of resources and knowledge, insurance frustrations, incorrect diagnoses, medication side effects, isolation from community . . . It’s no wonder that parents often feel like an island, cut off from help or hope, and that educators and administrators find themselves with hands tied, unable to help to the extent that they wish. It truly takes a village to raise a child with disabilities—a caregiving milieu consisting of parents, special educators, administrators, advocates, pediatricians, licensed child and adolescent psychologists and psychiatrists, and speech and occupational therapists, all working together to create and implement an individual treatment plan for each child.