When a child is diagnosed with a physical disability shortly after birth the response of parents is one of great upset and distress. The perfect child who was expected is suddenly under threat from some unknown condition and this results in a high level of anxiety and fear.
The process of coping with these and other distressing reactions is often drawn out over a long period of time and entails contact with a wide range of professionals and a lot of learning.
Over time, as the condition becomes more familiar and the particular form of the condition in a child becomes apparent, parents will gain in skill and confidence. They become more able to deal effectively with the needs of the child and with those around them including their other children, extended family, neighbours and professionals. You will find leaflets on the psychological effects of Erbs Palsy by clicking on this connection.