Parents often have the goal of raising their children to be capable and independent adults. Sadly, that is not always the case for everyone. Some families may have a child that has a severe mental disability and is unable to care for themselves.
Depending on the circumstances, a child’s lifelong disability isn’t always noticeable from the moment they’re born.
Longer lifespan can create challenges
Previously, those with mental impairments often didn’t outlast their parents. However, recent research has shown an increasing number of people who are mentally handicapped are living past them, despite being at higher risk for more health problems.
This can be a cause for concern for some parents, as they may face uncertainties of how their child will be cared for once they pass away.
Signs a child may have severe mental limitations
Some kids may only display these behaviors at an early age and outgrow them as they get older. However, some children may not outgrow them, which can cause them significant hardship. Here are some red flags parents may want to look out for:
- They have substantial problems understanding basic social norms.
- They have trouble with verbal or nonverbal communication.
- They have a difficult time with critical thinking.
- They have a hard time with problem-solving.
- They often don’t understand what actions are considered problematic.
Planning ahead can be crucial
No matter their condition, parents often want their children to get the support they need. A special needs trust can often help those with critical intellectual disabilities maintain financial security and help them qualify for government programs.
Parents looking to set up one of these trusts may want to contact an attorney. They can often help their clients maneuver through the complexities of establishing a trust and make sure every detail matches the child’s unique needs.