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Hi, I was just wondering if there were more single parents of a special needs child I can talk to? My fiance has found someone else & I'm now the carer of our physically disabled son.
What can I do?
I don't have a child with SN but my mum was a special needs teacher at a school for children with various special needs.
She was just saying to me the other day that the majority of childrens parents were separated or divorced which I was really surprised about.
Wishing you and your little one a very happy day;)
I was a single mum for a few years with an ASD kid. It has different pressures than a child who is physically disabled, I didn't have to worry about being physically capable of providing all the assistance for one thing.
If you need physical assistance maybe see if you are eligible for a home nurse. Blue Nurses or your doctor might have information about this.
There are places that offer respite care, once again your doctor should have some information I think.
Do you have an association you can go to for information? Try lifeline maybe, they may have the information that you need. If nothing else they are good to talk to.
Hi Becca022, I'm sorry to hear about your fiance. I am not a single parent however with DH work committments and no family nearby, I do provide close to 100% of care for our children, one of whom is physically disabled so I can understand the time involved. I spend alot of time at Early Intervention (Physio etc) and have met alot of mums through there. You could also try Anglicare or some of the other charity services for some respite care - even if you had a volunteer in for a couple hours a week, it would be a huge help.
Talk to the Social Worker at your local childrens hospital first as they will be able to give you all the contacts you need. Once you get in the system you will find there are alot of incredibly generous people out there who will donate their time to help you.
Of course I'm also here if you want to talk, as I'm sure everyone else is. I've found great support on here.
All the best.
hi becca022, i have a very similar situation to yours, my husband has just left me and my two children who are both hearing impaired. they are 5 and 12 years of age. i would like to share stories and exchange ideas with you if you are interested.
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