A Different Kind of Perfect: Writings by Parents on Raising a Child with Special Needs

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Every parent dreams of having a happy, healthy child. What happens when these dreams are shattered by a physical or cognitive disability? A Different Kind of Perfect offers comfort, consolation, and wisdom from parents who have been there—and are finding their way through.

The writings collected here are grouped into chapters reflecting the progressive stages of many parents' emotional journeys, starting with grief, denial, and anger and moving towards acceptance, empowerment, ...

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Overview

Every parent dreams of having a happy, healthy child. What happens when these dreams are shattered by a physical or cognitive disability? A Different Kind of Perfect offers comfort, consolation, and wisdom from parents who have been there—and are finding their way through.

The writings collected here are grouped into chapters reflecting the progressive stages of many parents' emotional journeys, starting with grief, denial, and anger and moving towards acceptance, empowerment, laughter, and even joy. Each chapter opens with an introduction by Neil Nicoll, a child and family psychologist who specializes in development disorders.

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“Compiled by a psychologist and two parents of special-needs children, the essays in this book reveal deeply personal issues.  Through these sincere accounts we see both the strain on the parents and the potential of the children.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“The honesty in this book took my breath away. There are so many different, compelling voices to listen to. The book embraces the entire family experience, as well as the whole grieving cycle.—Susan Senator, author of Making Peace with Autism

“This riveting book brings us the much needed voices of parents of children with disabilities, who speak with breathtaking honesty about their grief and gratitude, anger and exaltation, despair and laughter. It offers a wisdom that speaks not only to parents and families of children with special needs but to anyone who wants to learn how to live gracefully with disappointment and to transform life’s challenges into blessings.”—Miriam Greenspan, psychotherapist and author of Healing through the Dark Emotions

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Compiled by a psychologist and two parents of special needs children, this work collects writings about the experiences and challenges by parents of physically and mentally disabled children. There are four to six essays on each theme (e.g., grief, denial, or anger); the conditions discussed include those apparent at birth (Down syndrome and cerebral palsy), at an early age (vision or hearing impairment), and at a later age (autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). The essays reveal deeply personal issues, such as the loss of the ideal or "perfect child," marital stress, the need to advocate constantly for services, and the nagging fear that the parents could have caused the child's disability. Through these sincere accounts, we see both the strain on the parents and the potential of the children, best demonstrated by a mother's realization that Down syndrome will not prevent her dream of watching her daughter at a dance recital. Strongly recommended for all public libraries and academic libraries with parenting or disabilities collections.-Corey Seeman, Kresge Business Administration Lib., Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590303078
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 790,296
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Nicoll is a child and family psychologist in private practice in Sydney specializing in developmental disorders.

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