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What do I do if my family members are not able to accept my child?

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Ann

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Question:

Sometimes when I need help, my family members do nothing or make things worse. Even my own parents have difficulties accepting their grandchild. I feel very hurt and disappointed.

Answer:

Dealing with the reactions of others can be tricky, especially when you are still coming to terms with your child’s diagnosis yourself. Moreover, some people may have negative perceptions or beliefs about having a child with disability.

1. Take a step back. 

These negative perceptions and beliefs may take time to change. Depending on the situation, you may want to take a step back and allow time and distance to do the work.

2. Let them know what you need. 

Just like you, your parents will have to experience their own acceptance process and emotions. Sometimes, they have negative reactions because they may feel uncomfortable and are unsure of how to respond.

They may not know how to help so letting them know what you need will make things easier for them.

3. Educate them.

They might also lack knowledge or be misinformed about your child’s disability. You may want to find opportunities to educate them about your child’s disability.


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