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Advice for parents and carers

  • If you are worried your child might have a disability

    If you think that your child may have a delay or a disability, make an appointment to see your GP or public health nurse as soon as possible. If necessary they will refer you to the service your child needs.

  • If you have just found out your child has a disability

    Finding out that your child has a disability may cause you to feel many strong emotions such as anger, grief, guilt, numbness and denial. Get advice from the Special Needs Parents Association which provides support and information for families.

  • Useful childhood disability websites

    Health professionals and families have chosen these websites about childhood conditions associated with disability. They may contain information on services not available in Ireland but you may still find the information and advice useful