One Small Starfish: A Mother's Everyday Advice, Survival Tatics, and Wisdom for Raising a Special Needs Child

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Winner of an iParenting Media Award!

Anne Addison was overwhelmed when she brought Jack home from the hospital. In those first few days, Anne had a vague intuition that something was not right. Two years later, Jack was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, speech and language delays, sensory integration problems, and subsequently, was found to have Asperger’s Syndrome. In this book, Anne shares the easy-to-implement strategies and solutions that she and her ...

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Overview

Winner of an iParenting Media Award!

Anne Addison was overwhelmed when she brought Jack home from the hospital. In those first few days, Anne had a vague intuition that something was not right. Two years later, Jack was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, speech and language delays, sensory integration problems, and subsequently, was found to have Asperger’s Syndrome. In this book, Anne shares the easy-to-implement strategies and solutions that she and her family found to the myriad of problems facing parents and those who work with children who are behaviorally challenging, from everyday life skills such as getting dressed and going to bed to crafting a circle of friends, effectively working with the school, encouraging hobbies and interests, and negotiating public situations. Winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award, One Small Starfish is a deep and compassionate story of one mother’s struggle and triumph to raise a child beyond what the world thought he could be.

 

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Editorial Reviews

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“This personal story about raising one little boy will resonate with every parent of a child with significant attentional, socio-emotional, and sensory issues. The strategies for helping children like Jack are top-notch.”
Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., author of The Out-of-Sync Child and The Out of Sync Child Video
 

“Anne Addison will make you laugh, cry, gasp, and think. Perhaps her greatest gift, however, is that One Small Starfish will allow you to see how one family worked together to address every hurdle, every setback, and every triumph. The guidance Anne Addison offers will help every family!”
Michael D. Powers, PsyD, Director, Center for Children with Special Needs
 

One Small Starfish is one large contribution to assist parents and other family members in understanding what they really need to do at the hands-on level, when dealing with the day-to-day challenges of a child with severe developmental, emotional, or behavioral disorders. This is One Small Starfish you won’t throw back.”
Peter S. Jensen, MD, Department of Child Psychiatry, Columbia University

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885477873
  • Publisher: World Future Horizons
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 373
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Addison’s marketing success in the consumer packaged goods industry, founding of a management consulting firm, and health care background did not prepare her for the enormous challenges that laid ahead for her as a mother, but her courage, spirit, and faith did. Driven by a desire to understand and connect with a child who was in constant motion, Anne determined her way into her son’s world to learn what she must do to change the course of his life.

Anne Addison graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and earned a Masters of Business Arts from Kellogg School of Management. She worked for nearly ten years in marketing management for several Fortune 100 companies before she launched her own management consulting practice. Today, her son is a strong student and has been involved in outside sports, church choir, and music over the years. Anne lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

 

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Diagnosis Process
What’s Going on Here?
The Evaluation Tango
Read the Label, Mabel
Are We There Yet?

School Days, School Days
One, Two, Three Strikes and You’re Out
A Different Kind of School

Navigating Everyday Life
In and Out of the Home
The Nuts and Bolts of Daily Life
We Don’t Want any Summertime Blues
To the Grand Canyon and Beyond
What’s Going on with the other Kids in the Family?
Fishing and Other Passions
Holiday Hurdles
Keeping the Party in Birthday Party
Grocery Shopping and other Potentially Embarrassing Places

Surviving a Crisis—Hitting Bottom and Back Again
Falling Apart at a Stop Sign
From the Hospital Waiting Room

Dealing with Doctors and Therapists
Don’t Buff and Polish My Kid, Thanks
The Twenty-Six Hour Doctor Visit
Outside the Standard Approach

Circle of Support
With a Little Help from My Friends
You and Your Better Half
Babysitters and Angels
Sleep-over Central

Staying In Balance
Scrambled Eggs
The Sticker-Shirt Turn-Around

It’s What’s Inside That Counts
A Road Map of Life
Seize the Moment
Black, White, or Shades of Grey?
Keeping Faith

Appendices
Sample Letters
Logs and Tracking Tools
Medical Information
Resources
Point Sheet System

Index
 

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