All of these potential effects on families have implications for the health and well being of disabled children surprisingly little is known about the ripple effects of child disability on the . Family members with a disability may require extra care and attention take time for all family members taking into account the needs of each individual for example its important for parents of a child with a disability to also spend time with each other and with any other children they might have. Help family members understand the disability answer their questions honestly be patient with one another as family members adjust to new challenges and changes ask children grandparents and other family members to help in specific ways this will help them feel included do not allow the disability to become the focus of all family . The families of two people who died while waiting for appropriate treatment for a learning disability or autism say failings in the care system contributed to their deaths. Disability places a set of extra demands or challenges on the family system most of these demands last for a long time murphy 1982 many of these challenges cut across disability type age of the person with the disability and type of family in which the person lives
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