A Different Kind of Perfect: Writings by Parents on Raising a Child with Special Needs

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Shambhala Publications, Sep 12, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
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Every parent dreams of having a happy, healthy child. What happens when these dreams are shattered by a physical or cognitive disability? A Different Kind of Perfect offers comfort, consolation, and wisdom from parents who have been there—and are finding their way through.

The writings collected here are grouped into chapters reflecting the progressive stages of many parents' emotional journeys, starting with grief, denial, and anger and moving towards acceptance, empowerment, laughter, and even joy. Each chapter opens with an introduction by Neil Nicoll, a child and family psychologist who specializes in development disorders.
 

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Compiled by a psychologist and two parents of special needs children, this work collects writings about the experiences and challenges by parents of physically and mentally disabled children. There ... Read full review

Contents

Everything and Nothing at All Cindy Dowling
7
A Blessing or a Nightmare? Sindoor Desai
20
Butt Out of Our Business Paddy Ryan
33
Why Should It Matter? Sherrie Ball
50
The Why of It Michelle Portman
57
Why Me? Raylene Smith
65
Depression
71
Introduction Neil Nicoll 73 Dont Always Trust the Experts Margaret Henc
77
Introduction Neil Nicoll 141 We Take Nothing for Granted
146
Pride Love and a Whole Lot to Be Learned
153
OPOsOther Peoples Opinions Gracie Mackay
159
Love and
167
He Makes Me Feel Very Proud Maria Letizia
175
When There Are No Words Zan L Liccione
181
Outside of the Norm
187
Spirituality
193

Not Enough Time Sally Long 81 A Line Drawn in the Sand Dede Dankelson
84
Acceptance
91
Dance Recitals Are Still Possible Becky Whidden Huff
97
Four Boys No Waiting Sandra Miller 105 Blessed Donna Tack
108
Empowerment
115
Introduction Neil Nicoll 117 Evolution of a Soul Rebecca Riggs
122
Learn to Be Still Pam Gross
128
Discovering Our Potential
131
Marriage Family and Friends
139
Something Much Bigger Than All of Us Claudia Enright
199
Butterfly Wings Michelle Chrzczonowicz
206
To Love and Be Loved
214
Introduction Neil Nicoll 221 Im in the Army Now Ellen Forrest
224
Whats Your Name? Bernadette Thomas
231
How Some Parents Unwind
237
Authors Notes
247
Resources
253
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Neil Nicoll is a child and family psychologist in private practice in Sydney specializing in developmental disorders.

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