Parents watch their children growing and developing. They marvel at the growth of their children. They see their wonder and brag about their children’s abilities. The last thing they want to hear (or admit) is that there is something different about their child. Parents want what is best for their children. So when they are told their child may not have all the potential the parent dreamed of, it might be heartbreaking. When parents admit there may be something off with their child, they are taking that first step into providing the best for their child.
Avoiding those dreaded “labels” hinders a child. When a child is properly diagnosed he/she receives the help and assistance he/she needs to be successful in life. There are so many different programs to help children with their individual needs but children cannot take advantage of those services if they do not qualify. Having that “label” qualifies that child for those services. The programs available provide services to children ranging from minor to severe needs.
Sometimes a child needs a prescription for medication to help him/her focus. When the child does not receive the proper medication the child may turn to other dangerous and/or illegal ways to self medicate as he/she grows older. Sometimes a child needs to be taught different ways to problem solve or requires extra assistance with reading. No matter what the situation, if properly diagnosed, the child can get the help he/she needs from professionals who specialize in assisting children with those challenges.
Early diagnosis is beneficial for the child in order for him/her to learn the skills necessary for his/her success in life. However, a misdiagnosis is harmful to a child’s development. It is important parents aren’t too eager to “label” their children just as it is important for parents not to deny a child a “label.” Some children are just active, or shy, or don’t learn quite as fast as parents would like. That doesn’t mean they have “special needs” but it also doesn’t mean the parent shouldn’t find programs that can help that child.
Therefore when a parent accepts his/her child is “different” and accepts the help that comes along with that “label,” the parent is supplying the best opportunities available to his/her child. The parent is providing a way for that child to succeed and grow to his/her fullest potential.