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The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About Raising Kids with Special N eeds
     

The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About Raising Kids with Special N eeds

by Denise Brodey
 

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A view from within the whirlwind of parenting a child with special needs 

Four years ago, Denise Brodey’s young son was diagnosed with a combination of special needs. As she struggled to make sense of her new, chaotic world, what she found comforted her most was talking with other parents of kids with special needs, learning how they coped with the

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A view from within the whirlwind of parenting a child with special needs 

Four years ago, Denise Brodey’s young son was diagnosed with a combination of special needs. As she struggled to make sense of her new, chaotic world, what she found comforted her most was talking with other parents of kids with special needs, learning how they coped with the emotional, medical, and social challenges they faced. 

In The Elephant in the Playroom, Brodey introduces us to a community of intrepid moms and dads who eloquently share the extraordinary highs and heartbreaking lows of parenting a child with ADD/ADHD, sensory disorders, childhood depression, autism, and physical and learning disabilities, as well as kids who fall between diagnoses. Hailing from Florida to Alaska, with kids ages three to thirty-three, the parents in this collection address everything from deciding to medicate a child to how they’ve learned to take care of themselves, offering readers comfort, kinship, and much- needed perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452289086
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/26/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
305,141
Product dimensions:
5.33(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Jennifer L. Howse
Brodey performs a great service for the special needs community letting parents know they are not alone in their struggles. (Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president, March of Dimes Foundation)

Meet the Author

Denise Brodey has spent the past fifteen at the country's top women's magazines. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times; Glamour; Prevention; and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is currently the editor in chief of Fitness magazine.

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