Book #17: The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About the Extraordinary Highs and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs
When magazine editor Denise Brodey’s four-year-old son Toby was diagnosed with a combination of sensory integration dysfunction and childhood depression, her life was flipped around. Trying to make sense of her new, occasionally hectic, life has been hard, but she’s found comfort with parents just like her. The ones who have the same chaotic life as her share how they cope on the hard days, and embrace the amazing days that come with raising a child with special needs. You’ll find solace and community in The Elephant in the Playroom.
Looking for a book to add to your reading list? Try book #16, in our 30 days-30 books!
Jeannie Rivera writes a compelling account of what growing up with Autism feels like-when nobody around her knows what it is.
Quirky, weird, but definitely gifted, Jeannie is the child that nobody quite comprehends. From childhood to adulthood, it isn’t until long after Jeannie has become a wife and mother, student and writer, that she realizes that many of her problems and weirdness comes from having Asperger’s Syndrome. Her difficult search to find her own sense of self is described in this intriguing read, you’ll be sure to find insight into the lives of anyone dealing with special needs.
Having a disability isn’t something that only affects one child in the family, it can affect all of them. And having a sibling with special needs can be difficult-a fact many people fail to realize. While parents seem to be the main caretakers, the stories you find in Views From Our Shoes will show you how and why some children fight the guilt and embarrassment-as well as the joy and fun, that comes with having a sibling with special needs.
45 siblings share their experiences as a sibling to someone with a disability. The disabilities vary, from Autism, to Add, from cerebral palsy, to other visual and hearing impairments. The stories are gut-wrenching, and heart-warming. Parents say they wish they had this book when growing up, because it explains just how they felt.
Did you love the last Chicken Soup for the Soul, #9 on our 30 days-30 special needs books list? Well, luckily for you, book #14 is another classic Chicken Soup for the Soul. 101 Inspiration Stories for Parents of Children with
Autism and Asperger’s, like other Chicken Soup for the Soul stories, these will provide comfort, encouragement, and hope for parents of children with Autism and Asperger’s. Some stories might bring back old memories, and others might remind you of the serious times, or the fun times or raising a child with special needs. These stories are about the real struggles that families with special needs individuals face, and it comes highly recommended
Book #13 in our 30 Days-30 Books is definitely a must read.
Temple Grandin has long been known as one of the world’s most accomplished adults with autism. Recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the year, she shares with us how she managed to breach the boundaries of autism in order to function in the outside world. Her story, Thinking in Pictures tells of her experience as an scientist and an autistic person. Sometimes it’s not necessary for language to create thought, as Grandin demonstrates.
Easy to read, entertaining, and informative, this is one book you do not want to pass up.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a brother or sister of someone with special needs? They might not be the first person who comes to mind, but in book #12 of our 30 days-30 special needs books, we follow one character who gives you a look at her life.
For 12-year-old Catherine, her family’s life primarily revolves around her brother’s disability. She hopes for new friends, and for her brother David, who has autism, she wants to teach him the rules like “to keep his pants on while in public.” While she cares for her brother, she is also embarrassed by his behavior. As Catherine makes new friends with Jason, a nonverbal paraplegic, and Kristi, her new next door neighbor, she learns a few new things as well. She realizes that sometimes there is no such thing as normal.
Humorous and heartwarming, this book is perfect for you or any young child you know who experiences a life just like Catherine’s.
Looking for some inspiration or maybe just struggling? Filled with commonsense advice, and a seemingly endless guide, you might just find just what you need in our 11th book, on our list of 30 days-30 books.
Ellen Notbohm, who also wrote Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew, teams up with Veronica Zysk to take the words “No, I can’t” out of your vocabulary. They have 1001 great ideas to help you find a new way to help teach and raise children with Autism or Asperger’s, and to help change that no, to “Yes, I can”. This book is a treasure trove of ideas waiting to be used, so why not try some out? You won’t be running out of ideas any time soon.
Book #10 in our 30 Days-30 Books list might be something that your pent up frustration can relate to.
With so many parents preoccupied with their ‘perfect’ kids, there are few who actually speak up about the frustrating and difficult times they go through. While not experts on parenting children with disabilities, sisters Gina and Patty are speaking up about their experience as parents of children with disabilities. They provide some wonderful, and hilarious, advice on things that might just help you:
• Find a support group—either online or in your community
• Ensure that your child gets the right in-school support
• Deal with people—be they friends, family members, or strangers—who say or do insensitive things to you or your child
• Find fun, safe, and inclusive extracurricular activities for your child
• Battle your own grief and seek professional help if you need it
• Keep the rest of the family intact in moments of crisis
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When Chicken Soup for the Soul sets out to make a bestselling series, they don’t do it lightly.
Growing up, Chicken Soup for the Soul was one of the best series that you could come across. Each of these stories is just as heartwarming, and insightful stories share the distinct relationship gained when raising an individual with a disability. The humor and hope you can find in these pages can help you see that everyone has a bad day, and it might just give you the determination to get through yours.
We’re up to book #8 in our 30 Day-30 Book list!
1. I am a whole child. 2. My senses are out of sync
3. Distinguish between won’t and can’t
4. I am a concrete thinker, I interpret language literally
5. Listen to all the ways I’m trying to communicate
6. Picture this! I am visually orientated
7. Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can’t do
8. Help me with social interactions
9. Identify what triggers my meltdowns
10. Love me unconditionally.
In this insightful novel, Ellen Notbohm reminds us that there is more to learn, and more to hear from our children than we might not realize at first. The book, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew tells of ten “things” that help you understand how Autism works, from the experiences of a young mother and her child. With ten different topics for you to discuss with your child on the spectrum, this book is a must for every parent.
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