Find Your Way to Disability Specialist Services and Supports and Information, through assessment and diagnosis, and early intervention and disability specific support options.
When navigating the disability diagnosis process you may find a bewildering range of testing methods, theories of learning and labels awaiting. To make matters more confusing for parents and carers, there are different diagnostic tools and systems that involve different ways of making diagnostic decisions and these may change during your family member’s lifetime.
Diagnosis is not always an exact science. Some experts disagree on the best ways of determining disability. Don’t forget to ask lots of questions and to seek a second opinion if you are uncertain. Find a Paediatrician that you feel comfortable with and trust. This is a time of great emotional distress so make sure that you utilise family and friends and access services and supports with a “can do” attitude and a family centred approach, and expect to be treated with respect and understanding.
Typically early childhood services are designed for families with pre-school children. There are a number of options available in Tasmania, whether you have a diagnosis for your child’s disability or not. You may require some support from an early childhood service to assist with your child’s development, therapy, information and/or support.
This can also be a good time to meet other parents and carers (search Peer Support Networks) and to contact disability specific groups to work alongside you while you find your way.
In Tasmania there are many State and Commonwealth funded options for Early Childhood and Disability Specialist funded services and supports. Click on the Gateway tab or the Resources tab to find out more.