From One Father of a Child with Disabilities to Another – Let’s Chat
By Dr. Glenn Motola, Psy.D.
When a father first learns for the first time that his child may have a disability, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed, grief stricken and even alone. You may be a dad who is in the process of coming to terms with the news that your child may have a disability to face for the rest of their lives. I welcome you. The fact that you are here, reading this post means that you have already taken a huge step toward thinking about and beginning to proactively plan for this new life adventure.
You may not have started to draw out the mental map that you will need for this journey, but by reading this, you have taken a first step, a critical first step. I would like to offer to have a conversation with you.
No matter what happens, please know that you are not alone. Many of us have been down a path that is similar to yours. My husband and I found out that our daughter had a disability before we adopted her at 8 months old. Some parents find out that their child has a disability before they are born, and others encounter diagnoses later in life. While every parent of a child with disabilities must determine the best route for themselves and their families, there are some challenges that we all have in common, and this is where seeking support is the most important.
I will tell you from personal and professional experience that accessing support can be difficult, and that the systems that parents of children with disabilities must move through are complicated to navigate… but not impossible.
Come sit with me. I mean it! I will help you begin to think about that map and perhaps we can establish a first step for you. Reimagine is here for YOU… not just your children. You won’t be alone. You will have parents of other children with disabilities all around you. You will have a staff of professionals that will help to support and guide you. We’re in this together.
Ready for that next first step? Give me a call at (714) 633-7400. Not a fan of the phone? No problem. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to sitting with you or beginning an online chat with you.