If your child has been diagnosed with hemiplegia, you will want to support them but may be unsure how to go about it.
We have a wealth of advice and support on our site, but here are the key topics you’ll need to know about as a parent of a disabled children.
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Benefits and financial help
If your child has hemiplegia, you may be entitled to certain benefits and financial support to help with the extra cost of day to day living. This includes Disability Living Allowance, the main benefit for disabled children.
Support in education
Most children and young people with hemiplegia attend mainstream schools, with or without some extra support.
Visit our education and learning pages to find out what support your child might receive in nursery, school and college if they need it.
We’ve written information for education professionals on how they can support children with hemiplegia, and you might find this useful too.
Health and social care
Disabled children and adults may be entitled to practical support from the local authority – commonly called social care – to help with day-to-day living.
Finding and paying for childcare
Visit our work and childcare section to find out your rights to good quality childcare and what adjustments you can expect providers to make for your child. The section includes information about free childcare schemes and help paying for childcare.
We hear from parents who tell us about how their child’s hemiplegia can affect other members of the family. We also know that other relatives and friends appreciate advice on supporting the parents of a disabled children.
Visit our family life section, which includes advice on supporting siblings of a disabled child and advice for grandparents – which might also be useful for friends and other relatives supporting parents of a child with hemiplegia..
We also have advice on supporting your child as they grow up and start to form adult relationships. This includes tips on building friendships and developing self-esteem.
Connecting with other families like yours
Remember, you can contact our free helpline to speak to one of our parent advisers about any aspect of caring for a disabled child.