Down Syndrome Parenting 101: Must-Have Advice for Making Your Life Easier

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Winner of About.com Readers’ Choice Awards 2012 Favorite New Special-Needs Parenting Book

Down Syndrome Parenting 101 is a savvy book for parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone who shares life with a person with Down syndrome! It's full of uplifting advice and best practices gleaned from the author's personal and professional experiences raising a son, now an adult, and...

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Overview

Winner of About.com Readers’ Choice Awards 2012 Favorite New Special-Needs Parenting Book

Down Syndrome Parenting 101 is a savvy book for parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone who shares life with a person with Down syndrome! It's full of uplifting advice and best practices gleaned from the author's personal and professional experiences raising a son, now an adult, and teaching educators and parents how to teach children with Down syndrome to read.

Down Syndrome Parenting 101 offers inspired takes on a host of important issues, from learning to recognize and celebrate your child's personality and gifts to finding a great teacher for him, and from insisting your child pull his own weight to giving your child his space as an adult. The author—equal parts mentor, humorist, enthusiast, and realist—takes readers by the hand and walks them through the various life stages, experiences, and people they will encounter with their child including: getting to know and fall in love with your child, interacting with medical professionals, literacy, discipline, school, transitioning, and independence.

Chapters are short, a plus for busy parents, and can be read individually or sequentially. Throughout, many characters—the author's son, friends, and students—appear, serving as anecdotal evidence in support of the author's points and adding to the storytelling effect. As an added bonus, the book includes a Foreword by Martha Beck, parent of a child with Down syndrome and author of the New York Times bestseller, Expecting Adam. Turn to this upbeat book for credible, realistic advice and for a dose of bibliotherapy when you need validation and perspective.

Also check out Natalie Hale's book for teaching money management skills to adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities, Managing My Money.

Winner of About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 Favorite New Special-Needs Parenting Book

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Today's Parent Special-Needs Parentings blog
Weaving in personal experience and other people's stories, Hale offers advice on everything from motivating kids to do chores to teaching bus skills. Best of all, Hale's writing is warm, engaging and entertaining. Read it when you need a boost, a dose of optimism and advice from a wise friend.
Amy Baskin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606130209
  • Publisher: Woodbine House
  • Publication date: 11/18/2011
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 364,788
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Natalie Hale is the mother of an adult son with Down syndrome. A national speaker on the topic of teaching reading to learners with Down syndrome for the last 20 years, she founded Special Reads for Special Needs in 2000. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area and continues to travel, speak, and teach.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Martha Beck vii

Preface xi

Introduction 1

1 The Yellow Raincoat 3

2 Unbutton That Raincoat 10

3 Getting Started 16

Essentials of your Parent-Friendly Manual 23

4 Other Gifts 25

5 Honestly, Now 35

6 Intuition 40

7 Nurturing the Parent 46

Beginning Years 55

8 Extraordinary Awareness 57

9 A Word about Doctors 67

10 Self-Talk 75

11 Read This: Literacy Is the New Norm 80

12 Your Personal Humor Coach 95

Discipline Years 103

13 Born to Rule 105

14 The Noncompliance Face-off 113

15 If All Else Fails, Try Being Real 127

16 How to Ruin Your Child 136

17 Communicating Emotions 140

18 It Takes a Crew 146

19 When It's Not Down Syndrome 152

School Years 167

20 The Education Battleground 169

21 Student One 185

22 Student Two 190

23 Inclusion and Testing 195

24 Watch Your Language! 204

Wahoo! Years 211

25 The Transition Process 213

26 Traveling Alone 220

27 Dance Rocks 224

The Last Word 229

28 Dance and Drum 231

29 Epilogue 234

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Excellent Book

    Really fun to read and helps enormously. As a mother of a son with down syndrome I found this book really useful and informative. The author has a great sense of humour and fun, which makes this book like listening to a friends friendly advice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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