Buying Books About Raising A Developmentally Disabled Child

By Jaclyn Hurley

No one ever expects to become the parent of a baby with a disability. Although some people do find out before birth, for most it still comes as a huge shock. In an instant they realize that all their hopes and dreams will have to change. Yet as they begin to recover they will also realize that life is not as bleak as they first thought. Reading some books about raising a developmentally disabled child will give them emotional support and practical advice.

Most people today buy their reading material on line from huge stores like Amazon. This gives them access to literally tens of thousands of titles, many of which can be purchased used at very reduced prices. In addition customer reviews are always available and can be very helpful in making a decision on which book to buy.

Once they begin to recover from the shock of learning their baby has a disability parents need a lot of practical help. There may well be medical issues to deal with. This is a whole new world on its own. Insurance claims, bills, doctors appointments and therapy can take a huge toll on any family. Reading accounts by others who have already been through this situation is a great way to get a much needed boost.

The idea of parents in uncharted territory is the main theme of A Will of his Own by K. Harland. As the parent of an autistic son Harland never expected to be making this challenging journey. There is so much to learn, yet at the same time the family is trying to maintain some degree of normality. The emotional impact of making this journey is also discussed in a frank but positive way.

Temple Grandin is one of the best known autistic people in the country. She was born at a time when autism was not understood. Her parents did not know how to handle her and no help was available. Emerging from a lonely and harsh childhood, Grandin finally found her way in the world. She has gone on to gain a university degree and has developed new ways of housing and raising cattle. She has also written a number of books that are fun of insight for families and those who live with autism.

Bus Girl is a collection of twenty five poems by Gretchen Josephson a young woman with Down Syndrome. They are characterised by their bold and practical take on life, family and friends. They are both uplifting and beautifully written.

Editor J Marsh has put together an amazing collection of parent accounts in From the Heart: On Being the Mother of a Child with Special Needs. Nine mothers talk openly about their lives, feelings and children. They offer practical advice as well as emotional support. This is a must read book for new moms.

Patrick Schwarz's work entitled From Disability to Possibility: The Power of the Inclusive Classroom is a must read for parents of school age children with disabilities. Schwarz talks about what works and what does not providing an enormous help to parents and educators.

Family, friendship and love are at the heart of many great books. The majority are written by people who are going through life with a intellectually disabled youngster. Every insight is unique and valuable.

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