We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on the birth of your child and welcome them to the world.
In receiving the news that your child has Down syndrome, it is to be expected that you will experience a wide array of emotions. It may be of some comfort for you to know that others have felt the same and you are not alone.
Many parents who have had a baby with Down syndrome would want to tell you that your feelings are normal and its ok to feel how you feel. These parents would also tell you that they coped differently to the news, some read a lot of information, some reached out to Down Syndrome Qld (DSQ), or talked to friends, or found online groups to access support. Some did nothing for a while, they just sat with the information and coped the best they could. There is no right or wrong way, it’s about finding what’s right for you at the right time for you. Just know there is a Down Syndrome community waiting for you to reach out to give you all the support you need when you need it.
We have a range of resources for new parents to provide you and your family with supportive, accurate and up to date information and answer some of the questions that you may have. You can visit the Resource Hub to find information and resources for new parents.
The Early Years Support Services Officer can assist you on areas such as;
- Post-natal supports for the whole family
- Accessing ECEI (Early Childhood Early Intervention) & assisting with the preparation for the ECEI planning meeting
- Early intervention and Early childhood development information & advice
- Linking to Facebook Support Groups & local Ds community events
- Referral to regional representatives (parents) for local support
- Supporting referrals to other early intervention supports such as music playgroups
- Transitioning to Early Childhood & School settings
- Advocacy and support with medical teams, early years settings & Schools