Just One of the Kids: Raising a Resilient Family When One of Your Children Has a Physical Disability [NOOK Book]

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If you have a child with a physical disability, how can you plan your family’s life in a way that is inclusive for everyone? What can you do to create a family where every member pulls his or her own weight (in appropriate measure), meets challenges, and has moments in the spotlight along the way? Most parents of a child who has a physical disability want their child to have fun, be responsible, make friends, and take acceptable risks—in short, to feel like "just one of the kids"—and they want to make sure that ...

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Just One of the Kids: Raising a Resilient Family When One of Your Children Has a Physical Disability

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Overview

If you have a child with a physical disability, how can you plan your family’s life in a way that is inclusive for everyone? What can you do to create a family where every member pulls his or her own weight (in appropriate measure), meets challenges, and has moments in the spotlight along the way? Most parents of a child who has a physical disability want their child to have fun, be responsible, make friends, and take acceptable risks—in short, to feel like "just one of the kids"—and they want to make sure that the needs of the whole family are met, too.

Just One of the Kids is designed to help parents focus not on what could have been but instead on what can be, so that they, their children, and the grandparents thrive as individuals and as a family. The advice from psychologists Kay Harris Kriegsman and Sara Palmer is valuable for any family with children who have a physical disability, from any cause. Their warm and encouraging book is full of family stories, tips, and tools.

Parents of children with physical disabilities can help them develop the skills needed to meet life’s challenges and launch into independence. Parents, building on that foundation and acknowledging each person’s contributions, interests, and aspirations, create an inclusive and resilient family.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Child and Family Studies - Sandra E. James

I would highly recommend Just One of the Kids: Raising a Resilient Family When One of Your Children Has a Physical Disability as an addition to the library of any family that includes a child with a physical disability, as well as being a valuable resource to grandparents, extended family members, friends, and health care professionals who are part of this community.

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Parents usually wish to create a resilient family, but parents who have one or more children with physical disabilities face particular challenges that are often not addressed in typical parenting books. How does a different set of abilities for one child fit in with the family structure? Who will take primary responsibility for ongoing medical issues? How can parents deal with the added stress or feelings of disappointment related to their child's disability? Psychologists Kriegsman and Palmer aim to answer such questions here and to help parents of physically disabled young people by focusing on the social and emotional aspects of family life affected by disability. The authors show families how to be pragmatic and inclusive when solving problems and setting expectations. The real family stories and personal experiences of the authors, one of whom has such a disability, create an intimate and nonjudgmental tone with a degree of optimism that parents are likely to appreciate. VERDICT A valuable resource for families looking for encouragement as they try to create an inclusive environment for their child with a physical disability.—Mindy Rhiger, Minneapolis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421409320
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/2013
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kay Harris Kriegsman, Ph.D., is a practicing psychologist, consultant on disability issues, and author of Taking Charge: Teenagers Talk About Life & Physical Disabilities. Sara Palmer, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. With Jeffrey B. Palmer, M.D., they are coauthors of Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Living.

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