Most of us know how easy it is to get wrapped up in the quest to get a diagnosis. The evaluation process, doctor’s questions, therapist questions, fight to get services, the waiting, so on and so on. Often times during the evaluation process you will hear all about skills that your child is lacking, what they should be doing by this age but aren’t. It can be hard to listen to and it can become so easy to focus on what they can’t do and what they NEED to do, rather than what they CAN do.
Once you get that diagnosis(or even if you don’t), It is so very important to remember that they are still your child and they are more than a diagnosis or multiple diagnoses. Like all of us, they have strengths AND weaknesses. I promise that if you take time to focus on their positive aspects and strengths, you will quickly see that it will out weigh all of their weaknesses.
The “More than a Diagnosis” Challenge:
I challenge you to make a list of all of your favorite things about your child. Reflect on this list often! When your stress level is maxed, when your child has pushed all of their limits, when you are an emotional mess, remind yourself.
Remember that they are still the same beautiful child and that they are more than the challenging diagnosis you are battling to cope with.
Your list should include the following:
- Areas of Strength
- Positive Aspects
- Relationships (brother, son, sister, niece, etc)
- Favorite Things
- You may choose to include their diagnosis
- Anything you want to include about your child!
Please feel free to share your list in the comments. If you are a blogger, I would love for you to join in and make blog post with your list.
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