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"Milton Seligman and Rosalyn Darling have done a wonderful job describing the impact a child's disability can have on a family. They deserve special praise for their attention to the frequently overlooked concerns of fathers, siblings, and grandparents. The user-friendly discussion of family systems and the many insightful quotes from family members will make this book valuable to family members and service providers alike." --Donald J. Meyer, MEd, Director, Sibling Support Project, Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, Washington; editor of Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child with Special Needs.
"The second edition of Ordinary Families, Special Children continues in the fine tradition of the first. The book, firmly anchored in empirical research, brings the laboratory data alive with commentary by mothers, fathers, and others who love a child with a disability. Seligman and Darling offer a critical look at the literature, blended with human wisdom about coping effectively in the face of a family crisis." --Sandra L. Harris, PhD, Professor and Dean, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
"The revised edition of this superb text provides a comprehensive review of the topic which is relevant to an international readership. It contains an extremely readable account of the essential information needed by professionals in order to develop effective working relationships with parents of children with disabilities. It should be on the required reading list for all teachers, social workers, therapists, psychologists and medical staff concerned with childhood disability." --Garry Hornby, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Hull, England
"...An important work...Its summaries of research and theory provide an excellent overview and introduction to work with families with disabilities." --Diana Garland, Journal of Family Ministry
"Honest, respectful and empathetic dealings with developmentally disabled youngsters and their families is difficult for school professionals because so few of us have walked in their shoes. This book has provided my school psychology students with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with the families of the developmentally disabled. It goes further than the first edition by providing additional materials and including recent research, new programs and approaches that have emerged during the past several years, legal changes, and new resources that have been developed for families." --Marla Brassard, PhD