LIFE WITH A COMPLEX developmentally disabled child is like a war with many battlefields.

Battlefield one: Your own home can feel like a combat zone. Your child may be agitated because of frustration over being in inappropriate programs in school or with his schedules at home and away. He may be confused about what is expected of him. He may not know what he is going to do next, so he is worrying about it. He may sense the tension you feel about trying to get help for him. He does not know why you are upset. He may be agitated, destructive, and aggressive. When your child is uncomfortable with school or other problems, it influences his behavior and puts stress on the whole family. He may sleep poorly, so both you and your child live your ...

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