• Talk to your child about his or her condition or disability in words your child can understand. Help your child find a good way to explain it to others.

  • Teach your child to know when he or she is having an emergency - and to tell you and others.

  • Teach your child the names of the medicine(s) he or she takes.

  • Talk to your child about how to stay healthy (for example: getting enough rest and eating well).

  • Encourage your child to talk directly to health care providers - and to ask questions.

  • Encourage your child's health care providers to talk directly to your child.

This information is provided by the Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.