Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples' Guide to Keeping Connected

Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples' Guide to Keeping Connected



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Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples' Guide to Keeping Connected by Laura Marshak, Fran P. Prezant

At last, a guide that speaks to parents about how to work on marital issues while juggling the demands of raising a child with a developmental disability, serious medical condition, or mental illness. In writing this practical, empathetic guide, the authors draw on their combined professional experience in marital counseling and parent training, as well as on the experience and advice of hundreds of parents of children with special needs. Married with Special-Needs Children looks at the ways in which having a child with special needs can make it more difficult for a marriage to thrive and how a child's intensive needs can change the structure of a marriage. The authors examine many of the underlying stresses and common pitfalls—a couple's differing coping mechanisms and expectations of a child, communication breakdowns and difficulties resolving conflicts, for example. They then present a wide range of strategies for handling or preventing these problems. Marshak and Prezant also describe what makes a marriage strong, such as continuing to share connections outside of parenting roles, keeping a sense of autonomy, and sharing childcare responsibilities. Parents get advice about the importance of romance and intimacy and the benefits of finding time for each other even when they feel too tired or overwhelmed. In addition, the book deals with serious marital troubles and divorce considerations. Throughout are quotes from husbands and wives, offering special insight into what was especially difficult for them, what solutions they've discovered, and what they wished they'd done differently. For parents looking for ways to strengthen their marriage, prevent future strife, or resolve or move on from significant relationship difficulties, this guide offers guidance and expertise for taking the next step. Married with Special-Needs Children is also invaluable to mental health professionals, giving them a realistic view of what many of

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781890627102
Publisher: Woodbine House
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction   Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D.     vii
The Structure and Foundation or a Good Marriage   Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D.     1
No Longer Cruising Down the River: The Early Stage or Adjusting to Disability   Laura E. Marshaks, Ph.D.     25
Practical Solutions to Practical Problems   Fran P. Prezant, M.Ed., CCC-SLP     55
Communicating and Problem-Solving as a Couple   Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D.     75
Romance and Sexual Intimacy   Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D.     97
Negotiating and Implementing Livable Roles   Fran P. Prezant, M.Ed., CCC-SLP     115
Stress Management and Coping Strategies (or Don't Forget to Breathe!)   Fran P. Prezant, M.Ed., CCC-SLP     133
Heartfelt Conflicts: Opposing Views on Protection, Expectations, and Helping Your Child   Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D.     157
Supports Outside of Your Family   Fran P. Prezant, M.Ed., CCC-SLP     173
Serious Marital Troubles   Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D.     197
A Marriage Transformed   Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D.     217
Divorce Considerations   Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D.     225
Remarriage: The Need to Do It Differently   Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D.     235
Learningfrom Long-Term Marriages   Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D.     249
A Closing Thought   Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D.     265
More Advice From Parents     267
Experiences Transformed into Poetry     275
Participant Responses to Selected Survey Items     277
Resources     281
References & Suggested Reading     287
Index     291

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