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I Need Help What Should I Do As Child Of Single Parent Who Is Very Ill
Thru your physician: If your parent is severely ill and getting care thru a physician, hospital, or clinic--these clinicians often have connections to social workers or counselors who can give you advice, for instance if you your parent needs hospice care or if you qualify for in home help. Many caretakers find help thru internet groups who share their experiences about specific illnesses. ...Read more
Depends: The staff dealing with the parent will generally include social workers & mental health nurses that are well aware of the needs of the extended family. Children of an impaired parent will be placed when possible with family members or may need temporary foster care. In my state the facility works with family services to identify & provide these services when needed. ...Read more
Dealing with stress: Depending on the age and personality of a child, the effects of having a chronically ill parent can be significant. Open communication and support are critical. ?'s need to be answered and efforts made to insure that incorrect assumptions by the child dont unduly affect them. I recommend counseling whenever a child seems to be overwhelmed. Teachers can provide input too. Reassurance important. ...Read more
Might help: "need" is a loaded word, but many parents find it useful to gain specific knowledge about their child's disability, perhaps talk with other parents facing similar issues, and quite likely learning proven techniques for dealing with road blocks your child may face. Often, this is a learning process that will need refreshing as the child ages and new issues arise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Understanding: Most important you need to understand your child's disability and what life is like for your child. You also have to become expert in getting the services your child may need. Books like temple grandon's different, not less can be very helpful to understanding not only the limitations but also the positive potential of your child with a disability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If problem is parent: Family therapy is usually a good foundaton in issues involving couples and groups. The focus is that the problem is not exclusively with an individual person, rather between persons (interactions between family members). Therapists observes what happens between persons in how they communicate and express their feelings. Problems are assumed circular-created by series of cause and effect. ...Read more
Yes and no: Autism is complicated disorder genetics of which are not well understood. There is no single gene that causes it and there multiple genes responsible. As a rule of thumb if a parent has autism the chances of transmitting to children becomes higher or at least aspects of it get passed on to next generation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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