A Special Education: One Family's Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities [NOOK Book]

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The celebrated designer Dana Buchman knew almost nothing about “learning differences” when her daughter, Charlotte, was diagnosed with disabilities as a toddler. She soon discovered that the hard work and determination that had taken her from the Ivy League to her own fashion label wouldn’t be enough to deal with Charlotte’s disabilities; she would have to acquire a new skill set-to be able to see Charlotte as a person with unique abilities. A moving mother-daughter story, A Special Education is an inspiring ...
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A Special Education: One Family's Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities

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Overview

The celebrated designer Dana Buchman knew almost nothing about “learning differences” when her daughter, Charlotte, was diagnosed with disabilities as a toddler. She soon discovered that the hard work and determination that had taken her from the Ivy League to her own fashion label wouldn’t be enough to deal with Charlotte’s disabilities; she would have to acquire a new skill set-to be able to see Charlotte as a person with unique abilities. A moving mother-daughter story, A Special Education is an inspiring account of one mother’s journey to acceptance and understanding, as well as a family’s triumph over daunting circumstances.
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Editorial Reviews

Family Therapy
An inspiring account of one mother1s journey to acceptance and understanding as well as a family1s triumph over daunting circumstances.
Publishers Weekly
The famous clothing designer recounts with tremendous candor her difficult and transformative acceptance of her daughter's lifetime of learning difficulties. At 35, newly married, pregnant and offered the chance to start her own knitwear label, Buchman was a hard-driven, perfectionist New Yorker determined to "have it all." But Charlotte, her first born, soon exhibited slow growth in movement and language, and at age four underwent a battery of tests that revealed she suffered from dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and a host of other developmental difficulties. Buchman and her husband were faced with coming to terms with having a "disabled child"-requiring not only special schools and a herculean patience but the courage to overcome the shame and guilt associated with acknowledging publicly that their life wasn't perfect. Moreover, Buchman recognized she tended to favor her needier child over her second "normal" child, although the siblings eventually excelled in areas that didn't compete with each other. With therapy and specialists to prepare her for the larger world, Charlotte, now in college, is well on her way to a productive life. Buchman's forthright memoir (and list of resources) will go far in lightening the pall surrounding children with special needs. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Good reading for parents facing any level of special need in their children...Uplifting.
Library Journal
This intensely personal memoir tells the story of a daughter's and a mother's struggles with learning disabilities. When she was a 35-year-old newlywed and mother to be, Buchman took on the challenge of running her own fashion line. The difficulties of operating a new business, however, would not compare to raising her firstborn Charlotte, who began to show signs of dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, along with developmental disabilities. Tests and the search for proper schools and doctors followed, while Buchman embarked on her own path to self-discovery. The perfection-seeking New Yorker eventually came to see Charlotte as a person with unique abilities (in fact, she's attending college in New England). Kudos to Buchman for her forthright memoir, which should go a long way toward lifting the stigma of learning disabilities. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Walter J. Cegelka, St. Thomas Univ., Miami, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786733996
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 674,705
  • File size: 235 KB

Meet the Author

Popular American fashion designer Dana Buchman lives in New York City with her husband and their youngest daughter, Annie. Charlotte Farber, co-author of A Special Education, now attends college in New England.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2007

    every mother of an LD child should read this book

    I knew before I opened the book that I would find what I was looking for. My daughter's LD school had a review of the book on the bulletin board in the lobby and I cried just reading the first paragraph. I held my breath through the first 50 pages, empathized with almost every word and can't wait to hear about the 'happily every after.' Read it. You'll feel better.

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