All Things Sensory by Harkla

#153 - What Do I Do After My Child Gets a Diagnosis?

May 19, 2021 Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC & Jessica Hill, COTA/L
All Things Sensory by Harkla
#153 - What Do I Do After My Child Gets a Diagnosis?
Show Notes

Receiving a diagnosis for your child can elicit a wide range of emotions, and that is completely normal. 

In today’s episode, your hosts Rachel and Jessica, dive into ways to deal with your own feelings around the diagnosis, as well as the best things that you can do for your child once they have been diagnosed. 

The discussion dives into the importance of doing your research and finding a community; this can be found in online or offline groups. It just depends on what resonates with you. 

The Harkla Sensory Club, and of course, the All Things Sensory podcast, are great places to go for support and advice. 

Your child deserves happiness, and so do you; you can’t pour from an empty cup, so make sure you are practicing self-care and always remember that you are not alone on this journey!  

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Feelings that often arise when children are diagnosed. 
  • Why seeing an Occupational Therapist is a good first step if you have noticed your child struggling with something. 
  • Trust your gut instinct if you feel like something isn’t right.
  • The upsides and downsides of Facebook support groups for parents with children who have been diagnosed.
  • Listening to the All Things Sensory podcast will provide you with a lot of helpful information and advice. 
  • Don’t be afraid to fight for your child’s right to get the help and services they need.
  • The importance of processing your own feelings, and not pushing them to the side, after a diagnosis has been given.
  • Research, research, research!
  • Your happiness matters; you can’t pour from an empty cup.
  • Rachel and Jessica share advice from the All Things Sensory Podcast and Harkla Family.
  • What the Harkla Sensory Club is and why it may be a good option. 

Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.

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Harkla Sensory Club
All Things Sensory on Instagram
All Things Sensory on Facebook
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