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Shut up about Your Perfect Kid A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children

ISBN-10: 0307587487
ISBN-13: 9780307587480
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Description: AUTHORSrs" DISCLAIMER: We are not in any way experts on parenting children with disabilities. Our goal is simply to share strategies that have worked for each of us in the event it may help those in a similar situation. If yours"re different from us  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 8/3/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

AUTHORSrs" DISCLAIMER: We are not in any way experts on parenting children with disabilities. Our goal is simply to share strategies that have worked for each of us in the event it may help those in a similar situation. If yours"re different from us (i.e., you are bright or of the perfect persuasion), we advise you not to try the following at home. On a "perfection-preoccupied planet," sisters Gina and Patty dare to speak up about the frustrations, sadness, and stigmas they face as parents of children with disabilities (one with Aspergerrs"s syndrome, the other with bipolar disorder). This refreshingly frank book, which will alternately make you want to tear your hair out and laugh your head off, should be required reading for parents of disabled children.Shut Up About Your Perfect Kidprovides wise and funny advice about how to: bull; Find a support group-either online or in your community bull; Ensure that your child gets the right in-school support bull; Deal with people-be they friends, family members, or strangers-who say or do insensitive things to you or your child bull; Find fun, safe, and inclusive extracurricular activities for your child bull; Battle your own grief and seek professional help if you need it bull; Keep the rest of the family intact in moments of crisis

Foreword
Imperfect Authors' Note
Introduction: The Movement of Imperfection
The Loss of a Perfect Dream
Snowflakes and Disney World
Straight Hair to Straightjackets
From Tissues to Facing the Issues
Coming Out of Our Messy Closets
I Could Tell You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You
Sharing Imperfect Family Secrets
Mommy's Got Some 'Splaining to Do
Back to School Blues
Team Meetings and Other Lessons in Dealing with the School
The Individual Education Plan-a Blueprint for Confusion
Reality (or the School) Calling
A New School of Thought
Living the (Imperfect) Life
Anything Your Kid Can Do, Mine Can Do Differently
Coping Techniques and Therapy
A Different Way of Thinking
Field of (Day) Dreaming
Lessons in Love and Imperfection
Change Will Do You Good
Loving the Reality
Glossary
Resources
Acknowledgments
Index

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