Strengthening Relationships When Our Children Have Special Needs

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Winner of an iParenting Media Award!

When there is a child with special needs in your family, it can be easy to overlook your own needs, desires, and dreams, or those of the ones you love. Long-awaited and much-needed, this book addresses the real-life impact a special needs child has on family relationships. Author Nick Martin gives well-researched and heartfelt advice on avoiding the “blame game,” finding support and guidance for all family members, managing financial ...

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Overview

Winner of an iParenting Media Award!

When there is a child with special needs in your family, it can be easy to overlook your own needs, desires, and dreams, or those of the ones you love. Long-awaited and much-needed, this book addresses the real-life impact a special needs child has on family relationships. Author Nick Martin gives well-researched and heartfelt advice on avoiding the “blame game,” finding support and guidance for all family members, managing financial challenges, improving communication, sharing responsibilities, being intimate, and more. Stories and testimonies from real couples further validate Nick’s sound advice. Taking the time to repair and strengthen your family’s relationships will benefit all involved.

Helpful chapters include:

  • Avoiding Blame
  • Support and Guidance
  • Affordable Child Care
  • Money Matters
  • Time Alone
  • Effective Communication
  • Child Rearing and Discipline
  • Sex, Affection, and Intimacy
  • Potentials

     

A long-awaited and much-needed book, "Strengthening Relationships" deals with the impact a special needs child has on the family and, most particularly, the parents' relationship. Subjects covered include avoiding blame, support and guidance; sex, affection, and intimacy; money matters; time alone; effective communication; divorce; and affordable child care. It even contains a six-week program for couples.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Beautiful book! What a wonderful resource for parents—warmly, clearly, and powerfully stated. You are presenting a very comprehensive list of key issues parents face. For that alone, your book will be useful!”
Kate Scorgie, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Graduate Education, Azusa Pacific University, San Diego, California

 

“In my years of searching for information to prepare me for raising a child with a disability, I found little or no resources available. Most of what I did find was for professionals and not parent friendly. Nick Martin’s book is an enlightening view of the true impact of having a child with a disability and how to deal with it. I needed that book!”
BeLinda Henson, Coordinator, Parent Resource Center, Franklin County Public Schools, Frankfort, Kentucky

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932565102
  • Publisher: World Future Horizons
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Martin, MA, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and then attended the University of Hartford, where he graduated with a Master's degree in Clinical Practices. After many years as a juvenile court psychologist, outpatient mental health counselor, and dispute mediator, he has come to focus increasingly on IEP collaboration and conflict reduction in special education. Founder and President of the nonprofit organization The Center for Accord, he is currently a staff development and conflict resolution specialist, working as a mediator between families and schools to make sure everyone’s needs are met as practically and positively as possible. He provides seminars and workshops nationwide to thousands of special needs educators and families, in both English and Spanish.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

Chapter 1 Avoiding Blame
Chapter 2 Support and Guidance
Chapter 3 Affordable Child Care
Chapter 4 Money Matters
Chapter 5 Time Alone
Chapter 6 Effective Communication
Chapter 7 Child Rearing and Discipline
Chapter 8 Sex, Affection, and Intimacy
Chapter 9 Potentials

Appendix 1 A Six-Week Program for Couples
Appendix 2 About Divorce
Appendix 3 A Workshop for Support Groups
 

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