The Elephant in the Playroom

The Elephant in the Playroom

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A view from within the whirlwind of parenting a child with special needs Four years ago, Denise Brodeya€™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 theya€™ve learned to take care of themselves, offering readers comfort, kinship, and much- needed perspective.Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About Raising Kids with Special N eeds Denise Brodey ... The next ten months we were on a roller coaster trying to do everything the experts said to do, believing each time we tried ... But the insight I had a few years ago still guides me: How I define a€œfamilya€ has little to do with where we eat or sleep, and everything to do ... obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Title:The Elephant in the Playroom
Author:Denise Brodey
Publisher:Penguin - 2008-02-26


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