The Special Needs Parent Handbook: Critical Strategies and Practical Advice to Help You Survive and Thrive

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AuthorHouse, Oct 29, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 81 pages
Do you have a child with special needs? We do too and it's exhausting, overwhelming and impossible at times. Over the years, with lots of trial and error, we have learned a great deal about what works and what doesn't work so well in caring for our daughter Rebecca who has a very rare genetic disorder called Phelan McDermid Syndrome. We have written this book to share our life lessons on how to make the most of a very challenging situation and how to avoid some of the pitfalls, and to help you enjoy your life to the fullest with your family. The Special Needs Parent Handbook provides practical advice for any parent of a child with special needs, from those with mild learning disorders to severe cases of autism, cerebral palsy or other disabilities. Learn more about: 1) Hiring babysitters and getting free respite help 2) Finding the best doctors 3) Keeping the family together 4) Taking care of your health 5) Being a strong advocate for your child 6) Inclusion and recreational opportunities 7) Planning for the future

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This book provided some invaluable information on how to talk to others, how to access resources et cetera, but it just was not what I was looking for or expecting, exactly. I am the parent of a young ... Read full review

The Special Needs Parent Handbook: Critical Strategies and Practical Advice To Help You Survive and Thrive

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This title is being distributed to libraries across the country in support of Advocacy for All, an initiative to help families advocate for their special-needs children. The author, father of a 14 ... Read full review


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Jon Singer would do just about anything for his kids. In the summer of 2002, Jon and his wife Michey formed an organization called The Drive for Rebecca ( to increase awareness of autism. To raise money for the new organization, they set out on a cross-country journey that changed their lives. They drove from New Jersey to Los Angeles and raised nearly $100,000, which they donated to autism research projects and to leading educational programs for kids with autism. They joined forces with other New Jersey families to start a new school called REED Academy (, and donated funds to support the opening of another school. Rebecca and twenty other students have made amazing progress since REED Academy opened in 2003. Because of the miracles that happen every day at REED, several students have graduated and are attending their local elementary schools together with typically developing peers.

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