"So many conditions are invisible to the
untrained eye. Your child may appear "perfectly normal" to
condescending onlookers at the department store, they may even fool
teachers, childcare providers and other family members into thinking
they "just have a behavior issue that could be simply corrected if
the child was properly disciplined at home". Sound familiar?
There's also diagnosis that present themselves in ways
that are difficult to deny...your children may have a physical handicap
or characteristic that tell the world...your child is very special
Is it a mental illness or something else? The sooner treatment can
begin the better.
The diagnosis process can be grueling, but without it
you may not get all the services and benefits your child is entitled to.
It also helped me keep my sanity and my unconditional love for him going
strong. At least now we understand why he "misbehaves"
and we can turn it around rather quickly". I also share his success
strategies and info on his condition with all of his providers* so
they understand how to work and play with him successfully when I can't
To begin the process, contact Child
and Family Connections and/or your Primary
Care Physician. To continue and complete the process takes
lots of time, patience, support, strength and prayer."
found information on several conditions
on a couple websites.
I found a chart outlining similar symptoms
on some of the conditions. I found an article on "hidden
handicaps", then I took it further and provided information on
the most common invisible conditions (see below).
* Share info with all providers...their teachers/aids at school, their
therapist, their childcare provider, their extended family members,
their assistant at church, etc.
You Sense a Difference?
DSM IV TR
Out Model for the Early Identification and Treatment of Children with