A teacher for twenty-five years, Jolene Philo now writes and speaks about caregiving. She is the author of A Different Dream for My Child and Different Dream Parenting, and she hosts a thriving online community for parents of children with special needs at differentdream.com. She and her husband have two children and live in Boone, Iowa.
Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needsby Jolene Philo
One of the primary responsibilities of being a parent is to make sure your children are safe and sound in the world around them. However, when your child struggles with a medical condition or behavioral or educational concerns, the everyday issues of life and parenthood can become overwhelmingly magnified. How do you deal with the challenges of parenting a child
One of the primary responsibilities of being a parent is to make sure your children are safe and sound in the world around them. However, when your child struggles with a medical condition or behavioral or educational concerns, the everyday issues of life and parenthood can become overwhelmingly magnified. How do you deal with the challenges of parenting a child who has special needs? Where can you find help to create a loving environment that is productive and secure?
With more than twenty-five years of experience as a teacher and the parent of a special needs child, author Jolene Philo offers you guidance and encouragement. In Different Dream Parenting, youll find biblical insights and practical resources to strengthen you in your walk with God and equip you for the journey ahead.
Addressing a variety of situations and providing tools to help you work through them, she prepares you to become an extraordinary advocate for your child. Discover how you can move from chaos to calm and experience the joy of being your childs biggest and best supporter.
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This book exceeded my expectations - I would recommend it to anyone. I was looking for something to fill up my reservoir of information, resources, and strength to be a parent of a special needs child, and this book was definitely what I needed. I think this book applies to a very broad range special needs. It gives even more Christian guidance than what appears in the description, which makes it very rich and helpful. This book is practical, full of great resources, and very encouraging.
As a parent of two children with special needs, I have a passion for ministry alongside children and adults with special needs. Recently, I was given a copy of Jolene's new book, Different Dream Parenting - A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs. Every parent of a child with special needs should read this book! This book offers advice and insights from the time diagnosis through young adulthood. Different Dream Parenting shows us how to walk with God as we deal with the diagnosis, parenting the chronically/critically ill child, marriage and family life, dealing with extended family, working with healthcare professionals, managing the school years, emotional sequelae to multiple, serious procedures, planning the future of the child with special needs...and even the death of a child. As a parent, I know that many times along the journey I did not know what I needed -- and was often confused as to what might be in the best interest of my child. Have you ever been so tired, lost and confused that you didn't have the energy or know what to pray? Different Dream Parenting offers spiritual comfort and practical, important ways to pray.- with prayers sprinkled throughout the book and seven prayer guides in the appendix. I think my favorite part of the book deals with dispelling and defeating guilt - an almost universal condition after a diagnosis that indicates a child with have special life-long needs whether they be physical, emotional or intellectual. "Believing God has a purpose for you and your child on this special needs journey is another way to combat guilt. In Exodus 4:11, God says, 'And who do you think made the human mouth? And who makes some mute, some deaf, some sighted, some blind? Isn't it I, God?' "According to Exodus 4:11, God created your child with a special need. Therefore, He has a reason for it. Maybe He's already revealed what it is. Maybe He's given you only the faintest inkling. Maybe you're still waiting for His purpose to be revealed. But your weapon against guilt isn't how much you understand about God's purpose. Your weapon is a rock hard belief that He has a divine purpose your you child, whether or not you understand what it is." Though there is no guide to living with a child with special needs that will address all the intricacies that come with the diagnosis and life with a child with special needs, Jolene's book sheds much light on the journey whether you are in crisis or in a more stable place on the journey. Different Dream Parenting is a practical, thoughtful and insightful guide which offers much food for thought. As one who has traveled the path dealing with children with special needs for a very long time, I recognize this book for the gem it is - a must read for the journey! As one who is beginning a special needs ministry, t
One of the hardest things for me to describe about my experiences as the mom of a child with some special needs is how lonely it sometimes feels. It's weird for me to say this because I have wonderful family and friend support. There is a plethora of people available to hear me and help me, should I need them. But I find it difficult to always adequately express what is bothering me about my 5-year-old daughter, diagnosed with Noonan Syndrome at 15-months old. Though I am a writer, there are just some worries I can't put into words. Often, there's no concrete reason for my concern... it's just a feeling I have. And let me tell you, for moms, and especially those of children with issues, feelings are our inner Garmin. I think that's what I appreciate most about the Different Dream books, and in particular, Different Dream Parenting. From the first page I felt understood by people I'd never met who are in situations completely different from mine. They know what it's like to chase a feeling and feel like you're chasing your tail. They know what it means to know your child so well, to be so connected to your child, that with just one look you know something is wrong... even if there are no obvious signs. It's vindicating, I tell you.
Different Dream Parenting by Jolene Philo is a parent's handbook to navigating the world of raising children with special needs. Jolene does a great job of covering nearly every area of this crazy, but rewarding world. In addition to great information, there are many resources and prayer guides. This book is an excellent resource for parents who are struggling through raising a child with special needs. No matter what stage of parenting, there is practical information and guidance in this book. The way it has been divided into sections, with important information highlighted in grey boxes, a parent can pick it up and easily identify the section that is most relevant at the time. For the parent who wants to read cover to cover, the layout and style of writing makes for an easy, yet informative read. In addition, I found the Bible verses and parent quotes at the beginning of each chapter, as well as the prayers at the end of each chapter to be very inspirational. Being able to identify a verse that addresses the issue I am dealing with always helps me to stay focused on God and His power in the situation. Overall, I would recommend this book to any parent raising a child with special needs, but especially for a parent who has children with medical needs.
Jolene in her book Different Dream Parenting shares advice for parents with special needs children. She covers various topics such as what to do when your child is staying in the hospital. Another chapter offers advice on how to deal with the death of a child. Finally a chapter on how to parent those children who grow into adulthood. In each chapter she gives advice from the parents themselves and her own experiences. Each chapter is also very biblically based. My Thoughts: I loved how easy to read this book is. I also love how biblically based each chapter is as well. My advice to parents of special needs children read this book with a notebook, journal, or one of the Different Dream Parenting products. She offers very useful information for parents in this position.