Raising a Handicapped Child: A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled / Edition 1

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About 12% of all school children are disabled from birth defects, accidents, illnesses or other causes. This means 700 children are born each day who need special care, and the number appears to be growing. Raising a Handicapped Child offers a complete, practical, and reassuring guide for parents who care for these children.
Widely acclaimed by parents and professionals since its first publication, this revised and expanded handbook is still the only one of its kind to discuss both the emotional and physical problems of raising a child with a disability. A recognized authority in her field, Dr. Charlotte Thompson anticipates and addresses the questions and difficulties parents have to face from the initial diagnosis to adulthood, sharing the survival tools she has learned in over 35 years of practice. Her practical advice includes tips on how to select educational programs, how to find the best professional help, keep up with the latest in medical treatments, and how to cope with the costs. She deals compassionately and effectively with emotional issues, too, counseling parents on how to handle sorrow, anger, and guilt resulting from a devastating diagnosis or a progressive disease. Also including comprehensive appendices, Raising a Handicapped Child will be a great source of inspiration and information for parents of children with a disability and for anyone who works with disabled children.

"...widely acclaimed, this unique handbook discusses both the emotional & physical problems of raising a child with a disability...counsels parents on how to handle sorrow, anger, & guilt resulting from a devastating diagnosis."

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the previous edition:

"A gold mine of information....an excellent resource."—Booklist

"An accessible and sensitively written handbook."—The Boston Herald

"Powerful and significant... a primer for survival... a problem-solving helper."—The Exceptional Parent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195132533
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,145,604
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Thompson, M.D. is the Director of The Center for Handicapped Children in San Francisco. She is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego Medical School and the author of Raising a Child with a Neuromuscular Disorder (forthcoming from OUP).

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Table of Contents

1 How to Cope with a Devastating Diagnosis 3
2 What to Tell Well-Meaning Friends and Relatives 27
3 How Parents Can Help Themselves and Each Other 33
4 Time-out for Mothers 44
5 The Specialness of Fathers 51
6 Grandparents in Charge 56
7 The Siblings of Disabled Children 59
8 How to Find Your Disabled Child's Greatest Potential 68
9 How to Find the Best Professional Help 86
10 How to Cope with the Costs of Raising a Child with a Disability 95
11 How to Find the Best Educational Program for Your Child 98
12 How to Help Your Child Find Some Fun in Life 113
13 How to Survive Your Child's Adolescence 122
14 Adolescence and Beyond 136
15 Advice from Parents and Patients 144
16 Special Needs 155
17 Keeping Up on New Treatments, Medications, and Research 179
18 Computers and Other New Technologies 181
19 Recent Surgical Advances 187
20 How to Handle a Progressive Disease or One That Leads to Death 193
21 Success Stories 200
22 How to Go On 204
app. a Health Professionals You May Encounter 207
app. b Definitions of Disabilities 211
app. c Agencies That Can Give You Information 215
app. d Where to Have Fun 220
app. e Resource Directory for Disabled Youth and Children 225
app. f Chores for Children 256
References 257
Index 267
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