When my middle child, Josh, was 18 months old, I discovered he had global developmental delays which were later diagnosed as Cerebral Palsy. This eventually become Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
At the time, I believed that this was the worst news a parent could receive, and I did everything I could to help him.
I dove into researching his conditions.
We become involved with Early Intervention, the United Cerebral Palsy Association, and Autism Speaks. I have seen all kinds of parental guidelines on child development about gross motor, fine motor, speech, and even social development, but nothing about mental health development or on typical areas of development more specific to the mental health field. My research into suicide and our failures to prevent suicide led me to researching coping strategies and coping skills development in children. This point was born out of this research. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions for improving it.