Taking Care of Yourself & Your Family

When a child is diagnosed with special health care needs, parents may been additional information about how to care for themselves and their family. Subtopics included are:

Questions You May Ask

Many questions may go through a parent’s mind when a child is diagnosed:

  • How will this affect my family?
  • My spouse?
  • My other children?
  • Extended family?
  • What about me?

These questions are normal, and many parents may need additional help answering these questions and getting ideas for supporting your family—and yourself—as you deal with the challenges of caring for a child with special health care needs.

Authors & Reviewers

Initial publication: June 2013; last update/revision: July 2019
Current Authors and Reviewers:
Author: Tina Persels
Reviewer: Shena McAuliffe, MFA