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This book helped me realize that my new normal is a lot of parents new normal Can t think of a better title for a book about that which most parents don t want to discuss but which is as clear as the nose on our faces when our kids are differently abled Denise Brodey created a book that will forever sit in my library as one of my most doggie eared resources. I loved that these were parents and not experts talking about their own children Each story is unique and each one taught me something Some stories are really heart wrenching, like the mom who had a sweet autistic son The first day of Kindergarten the teacher announces to the staff, Shoot, they stuck me with that autistic kid this year Nice Needless to say, they had a horrible year with an unbending teacher who refused to honor even the simplest request to help this child But there was a v I loved that these were parents and not experts talking about their own children Each story is unique and each one taught me something Some stories are really heart wrenching, like the mom who had a sweet autistic son The first day of Kindergarten the teacher announces to the staff, Shoot, they stuck me with that autistic kid this year Nice Needless to say, they had a horrible year with an unbending teacher who refused to honor even the simplest request to help this child But there was a very happy ending a new school that helped and honored the special needs of this child at every turn The child thrived So did the mom I wish thatpeople would read stories like the ones included in this book If you don t have children with special needs and even if you do it s easy to assume that a child s poor behavior is a direct reflection of the parenting and therefore parents they have I appreciated the chance to read stories of parents doing all they can as they fight the good fight Sometimes that leads to happy moments and sometimes, despite our best efforts, it doesn t A great walk in other people s shoes. When you re a parent, you often feel like you re the only person in the world dealing with the challenges of raising kids I think that s why Supernanny is so popular it makes us feel like other people have kids worse than our own When you re raising a child with special needs, though, these problems can be evenobvious, andalienating The Elephant in the Playroom is a collection of essays written by average parents with not so average kids Ranging from preschoolers with ADHD t When you re a parent, you often feel like you re the only person in the world dealing with the challenges of raising kids I think that s why Supernanny is so popular it makes us feel like other people have kids worse than our own When you re raising a child with special needs, though, these problems can be evenobvious, andalienating The Elephant in the Playroom is a collection of essays written by average parents with not so average kids Ranging from preschoolers with ADHD to adult children living with autism, these personal, naked stories had me in tears over and over again In one way, it gave me perspective I don t have it too bad My son only has ADHD, a learning disability and communication disorder It could be worse On the other hand, it was also comforting to hear from other parents with ADHD kids that also struggle with well meaning family advice, parenting criticisms and struggles with school systems It s hard to read a book like this, but it makes me feelprepared to be my son s biggest advocate When I read about the struggles of the parents who have come before me and the successes of their special kids, I really feel connected and inspired and ready to face the next round of challenges This book rings true on many levels Some of the parents who share their stories were overwhelmed, desperate, and panicky at some points Yet they were also thrilled by so many of their children s accomplishments Many felt the desire or need to connect with other families with similar challenges It was especially nice to read about a young man with a significant learning disability moving into his own condo and maintaining a job for over10 years. This was a remarkable collection of essays written by the parents of special needs children What surprised me the most was the quality of the writing neither too professional nor too unpracticed everything was well paced I enjoyed the variety of the essays and the topics covered.As the parent of a child with high functioning Aspergers, I found the autism storiesmeaningful and also a reminder of how much worse things could be for my son. When you do the work that I do, no amount of attempting to understand how parents with special needs kids feel is too much This book is a great one because it honestly and candidly takes you into the lives of parents through their own words It s a quick read and one that I would recommend to any parent, special needs child or not I recommend this book especially for any parent of a special needs child While there were no children in this book with Down syndrome, the life experiences of these parents are universal We are fiercely protective of our children, want to be understood and not stared at I loved the brutal honestly of these parents and I shared in their heartache and triumphs. Inspiring and surprisingly funny, heartbreaking and painfully comforting this book is a collection of essays by parents about raising kids with special needs My husband and I picked it up at the bookstore during one of our many quests for answers Then the book sat in a pile waiting to be read for months My husband finally picked it up and finished reading it in about three days He let out a huge sigh, of relief, Wow, we re not alone It took me weeks to get through it, and perhaps an en Inspiring and surprisingly funny, heartbreaking and painfully comforting this book is a collection of essays by parents about raising kids with special needs My husband and I picked it up at the bookstore during one of our many quests for answers Then the book sat in a pile waiting to be read for months My husband finally picked it up and finished reading it in about three days He let out a huge sigh, of relief, Wow, we re not alone It took me weeks to get through it, and perhaps an entire box of Kleenex I let out many heavy sighs, of despair, Wow, we re not alone While my husband took comfort in knowing other parents share similar struggles, I found that fact to be somewhat depressing Many times I set the book aside, vowing not to read one pageA few days later, I would pick it up again, read just oneessay I m glad I finally finished the book it comes full circle through a wide range of emotions, and it ends with acceptance and hope The book covers topics such as medication, schools, going public, the constant ups and downs, taking time for yourself Anyone who is raising a special needs child should take a look Many of the stories will make you cry some tears of sorrow, some tears of joy A few stories will make you angry Nearly all will make you either nod your head in agreement as you read yes, that s so true or shake your head in disgust ugh, that s so true If you know someone raising a child with special needs, this book provides insight and perspective that s hard to come by without walking in their shoes `Read ↛ The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About Raising Kids with Special Needs ↡ 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