It's difficult to imagine how one would react to hearing that a child is mentally disabled. How to deal with day-to-day practical issues, the strain on other family members and who to turn to for help? These are all vital questions.
While nothing can truly prepare parents for such news, there are tried and tested methods for managing the challenges, and there are some surprisingly positive outcomes. Read all about handling mental disability in children here, and send us your stories.
(Joanne Hart, Health24, September 2011)