When parents are informed that their child may have special needs, is hard to know how to offer support to them. As an experienced parent of an older child with a disability, or part of the family, friend or community member; please never forget the importance of Empathy.
Many times people ask “How can I help?” For me, there is only one answer: BE EMPATHETIC.
These are 6 ways to support a friend whose child was born or diagnosed with special needs
When something life altering like this occurs to us, there is always an empathetic someone we remember and give thanks to later. An angel, that took the time to listen and to hold our hands in the toughest times of our lives. My angel of empathy is Susan Anderson, a woman who guided me through uncertainty and despair with love, support, and the listening ears I needed. Who was yours? Have you been supportive to others?