Family & Friends

As the parent of a child with limb difference you will find yourself talking to a wide range of people about your child. Determining how, when and with whom you will share news and information about your child will be a very personal decision.

There is no right or wrong way to share information about your child; everyone is different and you are the best person to determine how you will discuss your child’s limb difference with others.

However there is no avoiding the fact that people, whether they are close to you or strangers, will ask questions about your child. Because of this, it is a good idea to consider how you will respond to questions that may come from family, friends, other children, siblings and strangers.

Some parents have said that responding to questions from others allows them to positively educate people about limb difference, advise others about preferred language and ensure their child is accepted and included in the community.

This section of the Learning Centre explores a range of issues including the sharing of news about your child’s limb difference with family and friends, how to talk about limb difference with people close to you and others in the community, ways of supporting siblings and the support available to families.

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