ISBN-10:
019513253X
ISBN-13:
9780195132533
Pub. Date:
12/28/1999
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Raising a Handicapped Child: A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled / Edition 1

Raising a Handicapped Child: A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled / Edition 1

by Charlotte E. Thompson

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Raising a Handicapped Child: A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled / Edition 1

About 12% of all school children are disabled from birth defects, accidents, illnesses or other causes. This means 700 children are born each day who need special care, and the number appears to be growing. Raising a Handicapped Child offers a complete, practical, and reassuring guide for parents who care for these children.
Widely acclaimed by parents and professionals since its first publication, this revised and expanded handbook is still the only one of its kind to discuss both the emotional and physical problems of raising a child with a disability. A recognized authority in her field, Dr. Charlotte Thompson anticipates and addresses the questions and difficulties parents have to face from the initial diagnosis to adulthood, sharing the survival tools she has learned in over 35 years of practice. Her practical advice includes tips on how to select educational programs, how to find the best professional help, keep up with the latest in medical treatments, and how to cope with the costs. She deals compassionately and effectively with emotional issues, too, counseling parents on how to handle sorrow, anger, and guilt resulting from a devastating diagnosis or a progressive disease. Also including comprehensive appendices, Raising a Handicapped Child will be a great source of inspiration and information for parents of children with a disability and for anyone who works with disabled children.

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ISBN-13: 9780195132533
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 12/28/1999
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Charlotte Thompson, M.D. is the Director of The Center for Handicapped Children in San Francisco. She is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego Medical School and the author of Raising a Child with a Neuromuscular Disorder (forthcoming from OUP).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
How to Cope with a Devastating Diagnosis
3(24)
What to tell Well-Meaning Friends and Relatives
27(6)
How Parents Can Help Themselves and Each Other
33(11)
Time-out for Mothers
44(7)
The Specialness of Fathers
51(5)
Grandparents in Charge
56(3)
The Siblings of Disabled Children
59(9)
How to Find Your Disabled Child's Greatest Potential
68(18)
How to Find the Best Professional Help
86(9)
How to Cope with the Costs of Raising a Child with a Disability
95(3)
How to Find the Best Educational Program for Your Child
98(15)
How to Help Your Child Find Some Fun in Life
113(9)
How to Survive Your Child's Adolescence
122(14)
Adolescence and Beyond
136(8)
Advice from Parents and Patients
144(11)
Special Needs
155(24)
Keeping Up on New Treatments, Medications, and Research
179(2)
Computers and Other New Technologies
181(6)
Recent Surgical Advances
187(6)
How to Handle a Progressive Disease or One That Leads to Death
193(7)
Success Stories
200(4)
How to Go On
204(3)
Health Professionals You May Encounter 207(4)
Definitions of Disabilities 211(4)
Agencies That Can Give You Information 215(5)
Where to Have Fun 220(5)
Resource Directory for Disabled Youth and Children 225(31)
Chores for Children 256(1)
References 257(10)
Index 267

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