By Margaret Szabo, EI Coordinator, Ottawa County Board of DD
When parents are told their child has a developmental delay, a disability, or a medical condition likely to result in a delay or disability, they often go through overwhelming feelings of shock, disbelief, anxiety, fear and despair; life takes on a new normal. Normal becomes internet searches, insurance questions, paperwork, being put on hold, and a constant wonder of what’s next. There are no manuals, rules or guides because every child and family is unique. Normal becomes celebrating little victories, teaching compassion and courage, and finding out that you and your child are capable of so much more than any search result would indicate. You’ll also find that you are not alone. There are other parents like you with similar situations, and resources and agencies there to assist you.