Supportive Parenting

Supportive Parenting

by Jan Starr Campito
     
 

When Jan Campito first entered the world of special needs, she trusted the experts to tell her what was wrong, and how to proceed to help her children. Here she was, an articulate, well-educated person, usually confident in navigating whatever situations were required, and yet she became passive and trusting when it came to assuming people would tell her what was

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When Jan Campito first entered the world of special needs, she trusted the experts to tell her what was wrong, and how to proceed to help her children. Here she was, an articulate, well-educated person, usually confident in navigating whatever situations were required, and yet she became passive and trusting when it came to assuming people would tell her what was wrong with her children's development and what to do to help them. As she realized more and more that no one else was stepping into the lead position to obtain appropriate help for her children, she realized that she needed to take on that responsibility. Since then, she has learnt to take an active role in advocating for her children, and helping meet their needs. From procuring evaluations, to understanding what the diagnoses mean, to selecting therapies and therapists, to following through on therapies at home and targeting needs to be addressed, to helping formulate IEPs, and to monitoring and intervening in their school settings, she has become a comprehensive advocate for her children with special needs, and in this book Jan shares with other parents some of her experiences and some of what she has learnt in the process.

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Library Journal

Upon entering the world of special-needs education, parents are often overwhelmed and do not know where to turn for advice. Campito found herself in that position when her oldest son was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and her younger son with attention deficit disorder. Finding that no one else was going to look out for her children's best interests, Campito took on the task of advocating for their needs. Here, she leads parents through obtaining a diagnosis, a formal evaluation, and services; beginning therapeutic interventions; understanding the special-education process; and parenting a special-needs child effectively. Filling the book with personal insights, Campito focuses on supporting children at home and at school by determining what they need and then asking for it. She also looks to the future, discussing the transition from the school setting to adulthood, and includes a resource guide. Of particular benefit is Campito's two-pronged approach, which acknowledges that while schools have a responsibility to provide support for students, parents are also accountable. Recommended for public libraries with parenting and special-needs collections.
—Lisa M. Jordan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843108511
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
06/15/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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