Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples' Guide to Keeping Connected by Laura Marshak, Fran P. Prezant |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples' Guide to Keeping Connected

Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples' Guide to Keeping Connected

by Laura Marshak, Fran P. Prezant
     
 

At last, a guide that speaks to parents about how to work on marital issues while juggling the demands of raising a child with a developmental disability, serious medical condition, or mental illness. In writing this practical, empathetic guide, the authors draw on their combined professional experience in marital counseling and parent training, as well as on the

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At last, a guide that speaks to parents about how to work on marital issues while juggling the demands of raising a child with a developmental disability, serious medical condition, or mental illness. In writing this practical, empathetic guide, the authors draw on their combined professional experience in marital counseling and parent training, as well as on the experience and advice of hundreds of parents of children with special needs. Married with Special-Needs Children looks at the ways in which having a child with special needs can make it more difficult for a marriage to thrive and how a child's intensive needs can change the structure of a marriage. The authors examine many of the underlying stresses and common pitfalls—a couple's differing coping mechanisms and expectations of a child, communication breakdowns and difficulties resolving conflicts, for example. They then present a wide range of strategies for handling or preventing these problems. Marshak and Prezant also describe what makes a marriage strong, such as continuing to share connections outside of parenting roles, keeping a sense of autonomy, and sharing childcare responsibilities. Parents get advice about the importance of romance and intimacy and the benefits of finding time for each other even when they feel too tired or overwhelmed. In addition, the book deals with serious marital troubles and divorce considerations. Throughout are quotes from husbands and wives, offering special insight into what was especially difficult for them, what solutions they've discovered, and what they wished they'd done differently. For parents looking for ways to strengthen their marriage, prevent future strife, or resolve or move on from significant relationship difficulties, this guide offers guidance and expertise for taking the next step. Married with Special-Needs Children is also invaluable to mental health professionals, giving them a realistic view of what many of

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Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Having a child with special needs can be very overwhelming to any couple. Devastation comes when the couple's dreams of a perfect baby are shattered by a child with physical or mental deficits. Furthermore, the disappointment affects the couple's way of life and adds stress to how they relate to each other. Taking care of a special needs child is a lifetime commitment. What can a couple do to make sure their marriage stays intact and stays strong? How can they handle the extra stress that comes with taking care of a special needs child? The authors answer these questions through this insightful book. The authors investigate several areas of marriage to help couples cope. Including areas such as the initial diagnosis and handling it, communicating as a couple, conflicts, stress management, romance and sex, and support systems, Marshak and Prezant give strategies to handle problems that may arise. For instance, they say that couples should accept each other's differences in coping with the realization of having a child with special needs and learn to adjust together instead of having conflicts. Communication, time alone, and sharing responsibilities taking care of their child are other examples of strategies to help stressful situations. In addition, throughout the book there are cases of real-life situations and quotes from other couples who have children with special needs. Furthermore, the appendixes include more advice for the parents from other parents, poetry about experiences with children with special needs, and results from a few surveys to help the couples. Resources also include organizations and websites to assist parents with their child. The authors have done an excellent job in giving key strategies to assist couples. This superb book is a must-read for every couple with a special needs child. Reviewer: Cathi I. White

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890627102
Publisher:
Woodbine House
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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