Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations

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Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs challenges families and professionals to help children with special needs to reach their full potential by using a proven motivational, how-to approach. This groundbreaking and inspiring book provides detailed information on how to let go of the “perfect-baby” dream, face and resolve grief, avoid the no-false-hope syndrome, access early intervention services, and avoid the use of limiting and outdated labels. Also included are specific guidelines for working ...

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Overview

Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs challenges families and professionals to help children with special needs to reach their full potential by using a proven motivational, how-to approach. This groundbreaking and inspiring book provides detailed information on how to let go of the “perfect-baby” dream, face and resolve grief, avoid the no-false-hope syndrome, access early intervention services, and avoid the use of limiting and outdated labels. Also included are specific guidelines for working with professionals, understanding the law and inclusion, planning for the future, and insightful interviews with Dana Reeve of the Christopher Reeve Foundation, Tim Shriver of Special Olympics, and Diane Bubel of the Bubel/Aiken Foundation.

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This is the only special needs book I’ve ever read completelyin one sitting. I literally couldn’t put it down! JudyWinter’s refreshing style – at once both loving andno-nonsense – makes you feel like you're with a friend you'veknown for years.…I love practical, and this book is packedfull of tips and information you can USE."
-Joan Celebi, Ed.M, CLC; Founder,SpecialNeedsParentCoach.com

"Winter combines her talents for journalism and parenting in abook that is part inspiration, part how-to, and wholly optimisticabout your family's survival as you take on the challenge ofraising a child with special needs."
Terri Mauro, About.com

"In Breakthrough Parenting for Children with SpecialNeeds (out last month from Jossey Bass), award-winning writerJudy Winter helps parents 'raise the bar of expectations' for theirchallenged children. Winter fought for a normal life for her son,Eric, before losing him to cerebral palsy. "The demands of specialneeds challenged me to the limits of human endurance and helped merealize my most heartfelt life dreams, too," she writes. Fromgetting over the myth of the perfect baby, to dealing with staring,to maneuvering the school system, her wisdom is both practical andinspiring."
- Parenting Magazine, 2006

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
This is a book by a parent of a special needs child (cerebral palsy in the case of her son Eric) written for other parents with children presenting special needs, from autism to visual impairments. Ms. Winters has done her research and offers good factual information and loads of resources for many types of special needs, as well as personal narratives from parents who have lived with these children. She is a cheerleader for engaging with special needs children as fully, lovingly, and hopefully as possible. At the same time, she offers empathy and support for coping as a parent and advocate—how to deal with the fear, anger, grief, and potential disillusionment as a parent, and also how to get beyond the frustration that accompanies dealing with the many bureaucracies that often do not seem to understand or see beyond the special needs. She offers first-hand advice about how to advocate for one's child, one's self, and one's family. One could not ask for a more humane or accessible self-help book for parents of special needs children. Competent indexing makes any topic easy to find, and the book closes with an encouragement to access her web site or contact her personally.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787980818
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/10/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Winter is an award wining journalist on special needs parenting issues, and recipient of the 2002 Exceptional Parent Award. Ms Winter has had extensive experience on TV, radio, in print media, and maintains a rigorous schedule of speaking, workshops, conferences, and ongoing public appearances on the subject. Her work, in articles either about or by her, has appeared in People, Child, Writer's Digest, the Toys 'R' Us newsletter, and she has worked for PBS in Michigan for eight years. Her first son Eric had cerebral palsy and died at 12. She and her husband have one daughter, Jenna, and live in Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Raising the Bar of Expectations for Children withSpecial Needs

PART ONE: WELCOME TO BREAKTHROUGH PARENTING FOR CHILDREN WITHSPECIAL NEEDS

1. The Perfect-Baby Dream

2. First You Cry

3. No Labels, Yes Hope

PART TWO: GUIDELINES FOR THE PRESCHOOL THROUGH COLLEGEYEARS

4. The Pre-K and Elementary Years

5. Middle School, Junior High, and High School

6. Advocating for Techniques and Programs That Work

PART THREE: FOCUSING ON THE FAMILY

7. Embracing a New Definition of Family and Planning for theFuture

8. Preserving Your Marriage, Caring for Yourself, and Survivingthe Death of a Child

9. Meeting the Needs of Siblings

PART FOUR: HONORING SPECIAL NEEDS EXCELLENCE

10. Honoring Special Needs Excellence

About the Author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2006

    Excellent and only half way through

    This book has been incredibly informative and refreshing from page one. Well written by a mother of a special needs child, she keeps it light and again informative. The inclusion of other resources available is very helpful and her writing style/layout of the book helps to prevent it from reading like a typical book. Again...great resource to any parent (whether special needs child or not). Thank you Judy for putting the words we need to hear on paper.

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