Grandparenting a Child with Special Needs

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Apr 15, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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When a new baby is born into a family, grandparents are excited about having a baby to enjoy and love. If the child is born with a disability, it can be difficult to know how to react and how best to help the child and the family as a whole. This book provides guidance on how to grandparent a child with special needs and give every grandchild the love and care they deserve and parents the added support they need. From coming to terms with a diagnosis, to helping with the transition from adolescence to adulthood, the book gives clear advice on grandparenting a child with special needs throughout their life. The author covers the medical, emotional and practical aspects of being a grandparent and explores important issues such as researching resources for specialized care, accessing financial and legal resources and, just as importantly, how to have fun and spend quality time with a grandchild with a disability. The book also addresses how to handle the diagnosis of a serious accident or progressive illness. Grandparenting a Child with Special Needs is a unique guide for grandparents keen to make a difference to the lives of their children and their grandchildren.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
11
Section I Support for the Whole Family
13
Section II Grandparents Take Over
41
Section III Medical and Legal Issues
115
Section IV You Need Time Too
191
Section V Help From Others
199
Epilogue
208
Appendix
209
Notes
250
Index
251
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Charlotte E.Thompson M.D. is a pediatrician and specialist in children's muscle diseases. She founded and directed the Center for Handicapped Children in San Fransisco for 23 years and has worked as a consultant for six pediatric neuromuscular programs. She is a mother of two and a grandmother and lives in California.