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Diagnosis: The First Step Toward Helping Your Child

A diagnosis doesn't change your child, it explains your child. It may be scary or hard to accept, but the right diagnosis can lead you to information, therapy, technology and services that can greatly improve the quality of life for your child and your family. The articles below will take you through the process of getting, researching, and dealing with a diagnosis.
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  2. Special Needs in the News (17)

Take Action: Get the Right Diagnosis for Your Child
Getting from "something doesn't seem right" to "here's what's wrong" can be a drawn-out, frustrating process. Following the suggestions in these five steps can help you get the answers you need to care for your child.

After the Diagnosis: Accept and Move Forward
Information on the next steps to take after you receive a diagnosis for your child with special needs, in general and for specific disabilities.

State Services for Children With Special Needs
Local parent advocates offer state-by-state information about early intervention, special education, and transition to adulthood.

Do Your Research: Find the Best Parenting Books
Seven things to check and consider before buying a book on parenting.

Stay Up-to-Date: Special Needs in the News
Learn more about the latest research and developments on your child's special needs with the help of these special-needs news stories and stand-out sites.

Spread the Word: Children's Books on Special Needs
Explaining a disability to your child or his classmates, friends and young relatives can be a challenge for parents. These books discuss special needs in a kid-friendly way that can shine a positive light on a tricky topic.

Raise Awareness: Shop to Benefit Special-Needs Causes
Show your support for your child's special needs with products that benefit charities and raise awareness.

More to Read: Index of All Articles on This Site
Find information you're looking for on parenting children with special needs with a topic index that will lead you to articles on school, behavior, specific disabilities, long-term planning, parenting and more.

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