Danielle Hatchimonji, Ed.M., M.S., is associate lab director of the Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab at Rutgers University and psychology resident at Nemours/A.I duPont Hospital for Children. Her research focuses on promoting social-emotional skills and character in children and families to enhance resilience in the face of chronic stress and trauma. Her interest in special-needs families stems from growing up with a younger brother with an autism spectrum disorder.
Building an identity and sense of meaning are important when your child has developmental differences.
When your child has special needs, you can find strength in yourself, your family, and your community.