Family relationshipsFamily Relationships

All family relationships have some degree of tension—it’s natural and to be expected. You, as parents, try to work through those moments and help family members do the same. Because caring for a child with special needs requires more of your attention and financial resources, it is possible that tension among family members can reach an undesirable level. Here are some stressful situations that can lead to conflicts in some families.

  • Other family members may feel left out or abandoned because you have to devote so much time and money to caring for your child with special needs.
  • You may differ with your spouse on what treatments to pursue and how much money to spend on them.
  • Each family member’s emotions around your child’s disability may be expressed in different ways.
  • One parent may have had to give up working or put a career on hold in order to care for a child.




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