Mothering Special Needs: A Different Maternal Journey

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Apr 15, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 208 pages
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This book explores the lived experience of mothers raising a child with a learning disability, through interviews with mothers of children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome. With frequent personal accounts from mothers themselves, Mothering Special Needs encourages other women who have children with special needs to recognize and express their own aspirations and needs for self-fulfilment. It addresses the social construction of motherhood, discussing issues such as mother-blame and society's images of the self-sacrificing mother, in the context of raising a child with a learning disability. It also looks at real-life experiences of working with professionals, giving examples of both good and bad practice. This is an invaluable book for mothers as well as for professionals working with families that include children with disabilities.

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1 Introduction
2 The Challenge of Maternal Voices
3 Maternal Coping
4 MaternalWork and Employment
5 Mothers Relationships with Fathers Families and Social Networks
6 A Different Maternal Journey Conclusion
Profile of Participants
Useful Contacts
Books by Mothers of Children with Special Needs
Subject Index
Author Index

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Page 31 - The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home.
Page 31 - The State acknowledges that the primary and natural educator of the child is the Family and guarantees to respect the inalienable right and duty of parents to provide, according to their means, for the religious and moral, intellectual, physical and social education of theii children.
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Page 28 - ... to some leisure, some gratification of aesthetic desires and other accoutrements of the good life, gratification and fulfillment we need not only for their own sake but also so that we can love Sesha without resentment that her overwhelming needs rob us of the satisfactions we might otherwise enjoy. We have moved to a model, which for want of any other adequate term I'll call "distributed mothering.
Page 6 - I would like to thank each and every one of them for their competency and their professionalism in dealing with this.
Page 17 - This blurring of the boundaries between functions typifies woman's universe. In the domestic sphere, the menial tasks of family servicing are wrapped up and presented as part and parcel of her role as mother, and given the same affective value as the feelings she has about the family members for whom she is performing these tasks.
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About the author (2007)

Anna Karin Kingston is a Swedish journalist living in Cork, Ireland since 1989. She has a PhD in Social Sciences and is currently a member of the MA in Women's Studies' teaching board, University College Cork. Her research on mothers of children with special needs was awarded scholarships from the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) during 2001-2004 and from the National Disability Authority 2001.

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