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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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

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Denise Brodey is a writer with a specialty in women's wellness and parenting. Brodey is also an award-winning journalist who has written and edited for The New York Times, USA TODAY, Glamour, Fitness, SELF, O: The Oprah Magazine, People, and Prevention. The Elephant in the Playroom (Penguin), was published in 2007, and is widely known as one of the first books to reveal life within the whirlwind of parenting a quirky child.

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