A Special Education: One Family's Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities

A Special Education: One Family's Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities

by Dana Buchman, Charlotte Farber
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A Special Education: One Family's Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities by Dana Buchman, Charlotte Farber

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786733996
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 04/13/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 256 KB

About 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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A Special Education: One Family's Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellant book and well written. It is NOT A TEXTBOK ON LD, and is not intended to be one. It is a very transparent account of one woman's view of living and learning about LD and the problems and mistakes that she and her spouse made. This 'transparency' is almost autobiographical and is very 'personal' in view of Dana Buchman's 'high-society, upscale, type-A personality and 'mask' of everything is 'fine'. Two moving comments: 'There we were sipping tea with extended pinkies, while on the inside, we were each an Armageddon of emotions' 'Even with the best of intentions, we fell into a pattern in which both girls came up short. Charlotte, with her LD, did not receive enough prodding, or pushing to do things herself. We erred on the side of supporting her insecurities.' This is a good read with practical advice on 'if I could do this again'. Excellant book Dana!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A skillfully written intimate look at 'one family's journey through the maze of learning disabilities.' I found the book to be most interesting as well as applicble and meaningful in my own life. The way in which Dana's daughter Charlotte experiences life by living in the moment and dealing with life more slowly making it possible to appreciate life more fully, seems to me to be a definite 'advantage' rather than a 'disability' -- that's why I prefer the term 'difference' in describing her life experience. I also appreciated the personal look into the life of the acclaimed designer and author of the book. This is not just a book for teachers or partents of LD children, but for anyone who enjoys an honest look at facing life's 'differences.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a mother of an LD child, I thought that I would find much more useful information in this book. I think it was really about the mother, not the daughter, and I certainly didn't learn anything new.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great disappointment. I was looking forward to getting an insider's view, but was overwhelmed with the constant self-obsorbsion of the mother. The best part of the book was the afterward written by her daughter with the learning disabilities. I wish she had written the entire book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Ms. Buchman's journey to be truly inspiring. As an educator and a mother she provided me with thought provoking information to be able to relate more to my student's families as well as how to slow down and relate to my own children. I applaude her ability to share such personal information about herself and her family with such emotion and sincerity. I would highly recommend this book for someone who would like to see 'what it is like'. Thank you Dana for sharing your story!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Special Education is a great read and a moving story. For me, a teacher, this well written book added a lot to my understanding of the parents' struggles and the family dynamics of nurturing and encouraging a child with learning differences. Ms Buchman is to be congratulated for a candid and forthright account of her family's journey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not only the story of a family finding its way through the struggles of raising a child who is different, but a courageous story of self examination and how much can be gained by it. A good guide for any high acheiver facing the challenges of raising a family and maintaining a marriage, even one without learning differences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Extremely touching, inspiring and well written story about lives affected by things seeimingly out of our control and how such special people are actually truly blessed far beyond our deepest imagination. A must read for those touched by learning disabilites. Heart warming, consoling and informative. Get it today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dana Buchman's book is a compeling story that everyone should read. She explains the challenges and joys of educating (in school and life) a child with complex learning differences. By sharing, in a very personal fashion, her family's journey, this book will not only help people directly involved in this challenge, but teaches us all how to be more open and understanding.I not only enjoyed reading this story, I am also a better person for reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a true from the heart book.Not only does it touch on mother/daughter relationships but the struggles to help a child who has a learning disability. I found it to be very informative.