Having a child with disabilities can put a strain in or add pressure to any relationship. This is why it’s important for families to not only be strong for their child, but also for their entire family. The first step to coping is by learning.What are the causes?There are many causes that can lead to disabilities. Extremely premature birth is one of the more common causes. Premature births rob children the opportunity of fully developing inside their mother’s wombs. It’s important to note that this doesn’t apply to all cases. Another common cause is brain injury or infection. This may occur before, during, or after birth. A mother’s health during her pregnancy may also cause such disabilities. This is why it’s important for mothers to seek proper pre-natal care. Abnormalities in chromosomes and genes have also proven to be another cause.What are the different manifestations?Developmental disabilities come in many forms. Among them are mental retardation, autism, and Down syndrome. In most cases, signs won’t be immediately visible. Most signs come gradually and become more obvious as the child grows up.When parents first discover that their child may have a disability, the emotions can be overwhelming. Some say that the pain is almost comparable to suffering a major loss. And it’s difficult to blame them for feeling this way. Hope in humanity would have us believe that all parents only want the best for their child/children. They have every right to be sad considering the fact that many of the dreams they had may have been shattered.Parents should ready themselves because caring for a child with special needs can be emotionally, mentally, and physically draining. Emotions of fear, grief, and sadness will come up time and again. Along with this roller coaster of emotions, parents might often find themselves asking the question “Why?”Another thing parents should be ready to face is the society’s attitude towards children and people with special needs. While the attitude has continued to improve over the years, negative views still exist. Remember that many people in society will view the child as incompetent or incapable. Sadly, children with disabilities are at greater risk to experience bullying and teasing.If you experience this, keep your head held high. Tell your child about his or her condition when you feel they can understand and handle it. It might take some time, so be patient. It’s also important to remember that you are not alone. There are many places for you to get assistance or help. Children with disabilities shouldn’t be bound to sheltered, isolated lives. Allow them to grow as people by exposing them to the world. It’s not about the abilities that a person has, but the quality of the lives they live. Keep in mind that even with disabilities, they can lead happy, healthy lives.