Cognitive Deficits (cont.)
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Support Groups and Counseling
Parenting a child with a cognitive deficit can be emotionally challenging. The time of diagnosis, as well as transitional times, such as beginning school and graduating from high school, can be particularly difficult.
Support groups, such as Families Together, can be useful. Families Together also refers to an in-home social work program and an informational and training program. "The program provides training and information to enable individuals with disabilities, and their parents, family members, guardians, advocates, or other authorized representatives, to participate more effectively in meeting their vocational, independent living, and rehabilitation needs." Contact information may be obtained from each state's department of education or from the Web site.
Respite care is also important so that parents can spend time away from their child and recuperate. Good respite care allows parents to feel confident that their child is being cared for appropriately in their absence.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2014
Georgina Peacock, MD
Elizabeth A Finley-Belgrad, MD
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Cynthia R Ellis, MDr
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