If your baby was premature or has special needs, you may need extra support and information. If your child has a disability, they may take longer to learn and to reach different stages of development. They need lots of opportunities to learn with your love and support.
You’ll probably need support too. Your midwife or Plunket nurse will be able to tell you what support there is in your community.
Talk to your doctor or specialist or Plunket Nurse about a disability allowance for your child.
We currently have a playgroup based in Birkenhead in Auckland. The playgroup offers opportunities for pre-school children with special needs to become more independent, widen their horizons and have new experiences. It gives both children and their parents and carers the chance to form friendships within their local community.
This video story on the Raising Children site looks at one family’s journey with their daughter and the challenges and joys they have faced together.