The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About Raising Kids with Special N eeds

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Penguin, Feb 26, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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A view from within the whirlwind of parenting a child with special needs 

Four years ago, Denise Brodey’s young son was diagnosed with a combination of special needs. As she struggled to make sense of her new, chaotic world, what she found comforted her most was talking with other parents of kids with special needs, learning how they coped with the emotional, medical, and social challenges they faced. 

In The Elephant in the Playroom, Brodey introduces us to a community of intrepid moms and dads who eloquently share the extraordinary highs and heartbreaking lows of parenting a child with ADD/ADHD, sensory disorders, childhood depression, autism, and physical and learning disabilities, as well as kids who fall between diagnoses. Hailing from Florida to Alaska, with kids ages three to thirty-three, the parents in this collection address everything from deciding to medicate a child to how they’ve learned to take care of themselves, offering readers comfort, kinship, and much- needed perspective.
 

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Review: The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About the Extraordinary Highs and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs

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One of the most encouraging books I have read in a long time. I will certainly recommend this book to every parent of special needs kids that I know. I'm looking forward to buying my own copy. Read full review

Review: The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About the Extraordinary Highs and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs

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One of the most encouraging books I have read in a long time. I will certainly recommend this book to every parent of special needs kids that I know. I'm looking forward to buying my own copy. Read full review

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Contents

How to Use This Book
Whats Not for Lunch
You Cant Rush a Good Thing
Musical Beds
Impacting the Bottom Line
My Other Half
Hysterical Blindness
Mothers Helpers
The Team Approach
Trust Your Instincts
Why We Chose Meds
What Worked for Us
My Son Is Still Alive
Keep This in Mind
A Different Boy
You Do Exist

Private Session in Progress
Only Human
Crash Landings
Do Not Compare Child to Others
It Is Okay to Be Angry
I Broke All the Rules Today
Anticipating Difference
Dark Times Can Be Followed by Deep Joy
The Meaning of Family
Good Grief
A Truly Unique Ride
I Got That Autistic Kid
Expect the Best It Just Might Happen to You
My Friends Are Waiting for Me
Dream House
You Just Dont Understand
Out There on Her Own
Friends Forever?
Dutch Boy
Coming Out of the Dark
The Big Moment
Dwell in Possibility
Memo from the Department of Hindsight
Great Moments
The Real Versus The Ideal
YES
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About the author (2008)

Denise Brodey has spent the past fifteen years at the countrys top womens magazines. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, Prevention, Child, People, and O: The Oprah Magazine.

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