For parents of children with special needs, healthcare professionals have more than the responsibility to diagnose — they have the responsibility to offer solutions.
Recent research conducted by Harris Poll (a division of Nielsen) and commissioned by the Family Hope Center found that 83 percent of parents with a child under age 18 diagnosed with a special need ever receive “conflicting information or recommendations” about their child’s care. Who is providing the most accurate diagnosis? Who is prescribing the best form of therapy? For most parents, no clear answer emerges.
Moreover, this confusion only compounds the helplessness parents feel when told their child’s condition cannot and will not improve.
First, a feeling of desolation and abandonment. Then confusion and uncertainty. So what comes next?
The study finds that nine in 10 (89 percent) of U.S. parents of a child diagnosed with special needs believe they themselves or their spouse/partner have the best understanding of their child’s development. The research finds that 90 percent of these parents also believe they or their spouse/partner have the most influence on their children’s development.
Not doctors, specialists or Internet message boards … it is parents who best understand their children, and are in the best position to guide their children to positive futures.
So how many parents think the healthcare professionals have the best understanding and most influence? In each case, less than 5 percent (4 percent and 3 percent, respectively).
We know parents of struggling children are the embodiment of resilience and strength. Aside from their role as caregivers, they have to wade through conflicting information and weather the emotional ups and downs of lost and restored hope.
We see parents from around the world who feel helpless about their children’s future, but once they come to realize how well they know their child and for the first time understand the root causes, the change is palpable.
Parents are the ones who interact with their children every day, which means: they should be in control of their child’s development. They should be in the driver’s seat.
We at the Family Hope Center understand parents just need the tools to help their children reach his or her full potential.
This study proves what parents have long understood. We partner with empowered Families to channel that confidence into customized, integrative programs in over 14 fields of medicine and therapies. We apply our proven model of scientifically based programs specifically designed to fit their children’s needs.
We focus on abilities, developing and building on them to correct underlying conditions; we treat your child as a whole person, not as a collection of symptoms. We eliminate doubt and cynicism, and we build hope. As a dedicated partner, we never stop fighting for a child’s progress and we celebrate each victory together.
Discover The Family Hope Center here.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll from March 23 – 28, 2016 among 2,120 adults ages 18 and older, among whom, 108 are parents of a child under age 18 diagnosed with a disability. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
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