07 September 2011

Coping with mental disability

No parent is ready for the emotional turmoil that follows hearing their child is mentally disabled. But despite the challenges, most parents see disabled kids as a blessing.


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.

Read more:

Causes of intellectual disability

Learning disabilities

(Joanne Hart, Health24, September 2011) 




Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Exercise benefits for seniors »

Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running

Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness

When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them.