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Addressing a Parent’s Worry about Child Development Delays
By Lois Thomson

Ann LogoydaDo parents ever stop worrying about their children?  For a parent with a toddler or infant faced with developmental delays, the worry and the stress is that much greater.

After many years of working with families in Early Intervention, Ann Logoyda, teli Social Worker is very aware and sensitive to the worries parents may have.  “We all want our children to be safe, happy and healthy.  When a problem is identified, a parent may feel helpless in their attempt to protect and care for their child,” notes Ann. “Ultimately parents just want the best for their child!”

As a Social Worker, Ann has listened to many parent’s concerns and understands that the worry is real.  There are often two key areas of concern:

  • Worrying about their child reaching developmental milestones -  Parents are anxious to know that the steps they are taking will help their child improve. Their concerns about their child’s future – getting better and overcoming the delays to enable them to do what other children are doing.  Additionally, some parents face the fear there may be an underlying diagnosis posing greater health concerns.
  • Worrying about getting the right care and managing their care -  Families have very full lives and keeping up with other siblings, working, and balancing their family responsibilities. Add to that, getting to and from appointments for their child’s care and the potential for additional health care costs.

What are some suggestions on how a parent can manage their anxiety?

  • Take breaks in your day when things feel overwhelming such as listening to calming music, taking a walk or taking deep breaths.
  • Model calmness through deep breaths, counting to ten, or leaving the room for a short period of time, to help manage your anxiety as well as your child’s.
  • Tap into your support system, a close friend, a parent, your spouse or a faith-based support group. Sometimes having someone to talk to is an important way to release some of the tension you may be feeling.

“These suggestions are grounded in one key philosophy: you can’t take care of your child if you don’t take care of yourself,” notes Ann. “Managing and coping with these issues in a positive way can have a big impact on you as well as your child.”

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s development, please call teli at (412) 922-8322.

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