Parents and carers

A guide to your most common questions as a parent of a child with additional needs

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I’ve been told my child has “additional needs”

Whether you have a diagnosis or not, being told your child is disabled is a life-changing event.

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Questions parents most frequently ask

What is the future for my child?

What does it mean for me and my partner - our relationship?

What about my other children?

How do we tell family and friends?

What about grandparents?

What about me?

How do I make the most of medical appointments?

What can professionals do for me?

Where can I get help?

What local services can help?

What health and community care can I get?

What about school?

Where can I get help with the extra costs of disability?

How Scope can help me?

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