Challenged: A Tribute: One Man's True Story of Caring For, Laughing with and Learning from People with Special Needs
PRAISE for CHALLENGED: A TRIBUTE"Inspiring, encouraging, and a few surprises. Challenged is a well-written story that makes you laugh, cry and reflect on the "good old days" and the many positive changes in our field over the past 30 years. Steve Grieger has seen it all... Sharing his successes and challenges of everyday life!"--Mark R. Klaus, Executive Director, Home of Guiding Hands"Funny and deeply honest. As the mother of a child with Down syndrome, anyone who has ever loved or cared for someone with special needs will find it transcendent."--Patricia Connolly, parent and advocate"Mr. Grieger's witty and insightful book speaks to the heart of the human spirit. Through a series of eye-opening adventures it presents a unique and fascinating world, one that deserves recognition, filled with the joys and heartbreaks of self-discovery... It is an important contribution to the field of intellectual disabilities and other allied professions, and would make a wonderful addition to any classroom or home library."--Dr. Tomeka S. Williams, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, BA Center for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Challenged by Steve Grieger is a tribute to special needs adults who struggle to be recognized by mainstream society. Author Grieger needed a part-time job while attending college so he interviewed for the job as houseparent in an independent living facility for special needs adults attempting to undergo transition to a more independent lifestyle. While knowing nothing about the population he supervised, the author delved in to discover the various developmental delays experienced by the residents. He did so with humor and compassion, learning as much about himself as he did about the residents. Strangely enough, as he learned about the emotional issues which separated the residents from those considered "normal," the author began to understand his own psychological situation with a father who had treated the author with childhood disrespect and devaluation.
I loved Grieger's openness to a new and potentially awkward situation with the residents of Shepherd Hills. He did what is necessary in the general population; he listened and learned and he discovered that there are far more commonalities than differences in any given sub-population of humans. Challenged is chock full of stories of humor and inspiration. It shows the challenges of developmental delays as well as the moments of personal triumph which make us all want to stand up and cheer. Finally, Grieger takes us to the next plateau of independence in the challenged population. It is there that he finally discovers that even years of training never prepare you for a heart of grief because of what you have yet to learn about yourself. Pick up a copy and dare yourself to know the persons contained within the pages of the book.