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Special kids need special parents : a resource for parents of children with special needs
Lavin, Judith Loseff.
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Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Books, [2001]

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xv, 319 pages ; 21 cm
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HQ759.913 .L39 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting
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Parents of children with special needs face unique emotional and practical challenges everyday. These issues are seldom addressed by the medical community--and parents' most compelling questions remain unanswered. Judith Loseff Lavin was thrust into the world of children's hospitals and special needs when her daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate. In Special Kids Need Special Parents , she draws on interviews with health care professionals, nationally recognized authorities, and other parents of children with special needs to give readers the advice, encouragement, and comfort they crave. Raising a child with special needs can be a daunting task, but it can also be a meaningful journey--helping parents uncover reserves of strength, wisdom and love they never knew they had.

 Boosting your child's self-esteem
 Coping with chronic pain, sleep problems and frequent hospitalizations
 Dealing with your feelings of grief and anger
 Choosing a therapist
 Finding suitable, reliable childcare
 How to cope with teasing
 The impact a child with special needs can have on a marriage, siblings, and grandparents
 Finding cosmetic help, including hair replacement
 Prosthetic and orthotic options

Author Notes

Judith Loseff Lavin has written for the Chicago Sun-Times and many magazines, including Newsweek . A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in secondary teaching, Ms. Lavin is involved with several organizations that promote the welfare and progress of children with special needs.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

On Becoming a ParentTargeting both parents of kids with special needs and the professionals who care for these children, Judith Loseff Lavin, the mother of both a special-needs child and other children, presents Special Kids Need Special Parents: A Resource for Parents of Children with Special Needs. Combining compassion and considerable firsthand research (based on interviews with special-needs children, their parents, medical professionals, principals, teachers and celebrities with special needs, like actress Marlee Matlin), Lavin has prepared a positive and comprehensive guide to the myriad issues surrounding a special-needs child and a lengthy list of helpful organizations and services. Agent, Faith Hamlin. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.