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BOOKS

Chosen Fathers: Life Lessons Learned From Fathers Of Children With Disabilities, Eliya Stromberg, PhD. Babaye Press, 2017. (I know I am tooting my own horn, but reading it gives strength and focus to fathers who do not feel at peace with their situation. Read Michael’s interview here.)

Not What I Expected, Rita Eichenstein, PhD. Perigee Press, 2015.
A readable book by a pediatric neuropsychologist who talks to parents like us about handling the emotional experiences of having a child with special needs.

Following Ezra, Tom Fields-Meyer. New American Library, 2011.
A father writes about what he learned from his autistic son. Insightful about autism and one father’s experience. Very well-written.

Schuyler’s Monster, Robert Rummel-Hudson. St. Martin’s Press, 2008.
An extraordinarily good writer, Rummel-Hudson has made it a life’s journey to write about his daughter who was born with a brain that does not process speech. He continues the journey in a blog (cited below).

The Special Parents’ Handbook, Yvonne Newbold. 2014 (Available from www.yvonnenewbold.com)
If you want encouragement to accept “what is” and get empowered to get what your child needs and deserves, this is your book. With 3 special needs child (one with a life-threatening condition) she has raised her children for the most part as a single parent. This is a truly gifted woman with unbounded faith and energy. She is British, so the context is the British health and education systems. But her message is universal.

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Avon Books, 1980. A classic in parenting. The title says it all. Read it. And do it.

Siblings Without Rivalry, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Avon Books, 1987. Another classic. Clearly and simply stated theories, pinpoint descriptions of challenges, and practical solutions. Another must read.

WEBSITES

Friendship Circle, http://www.friendshipcircle.com/ Relates to parents of children with all types of disabilities.

Special Needs Digest, www.specialneedsdigest.com A daily in-your-box summary of timely news reports about topics pertaining to special needs individuals. If one ignores their obvious political bias, much useful (and interesting) cutting-edge information is reported.

ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR CHILD

Fun and Function, https://funandfunction.com/ An outstanding collection of quality clothing, aids, and tools for children with sensory dysfunction. Also includes useful information and periodically offers online workshops for parents.

STRESS MANAGEMENT

MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy)
Below is a link to a description of how MBCT works to redirect a person’s thoughts and feelings away from whatever encourages negative thinking and feeling. I am not certified as an MBCT practitioner though I use these principles when I advise fathers.
I offer this link to let you know that you do not have to feel down, depressed, or blocked in your situation. You can choose to Reframe and then learn how to do it.
http://mbct.com/about/how-does-mindfulness-help-reduce-downward-mood-spirals/

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