Melanie, Bird with a Broken Wing A Mother's Story

ISBN-10: 1598571133
ISBN-13: 9781598571134
Edition: 2010
Authors: Beth Harry
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company Incorporated
Publication date: 3/11/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Gripping, raw, and beautiful, this book reveals the struggles and rewards of caring for a child with severe disability and helps professionals work more sensitively and effectively with families of children with special needs. Written with grace and candor by special education professional Beth Harry, the book chronicles the life of her daughter, Melanie, who was born with a rare form of cerebral palsy and died less than 6 years later. Captivating the reader from page one, Dr. Harry illuminates the full spectrum of her parenting experiences¿from the day her ¿little bird¿ came into the world to the day she left. Readers will come away with a deep understanding of the complex emotions that parents experience as they adjust to life with a child who has special needs; the practical and emotional aspects of supporting a child with feeding difficulties, vision impairment, and limited motor skills; the joy parents experience when their child begins to communicate and make personal connections; the lasting impact a professional¿s words can have on a parent, and the need to provide positive support that allows a child to reach her full potential; and the services, therapies, and interventions that improved Melanie¿s quality of life¿and how they¿ve changed since her story began in the 1970s. Ideal for use as a supplemental text in courses for preservice early interventionists, early childhood special educators, special educators, and health professionals, this book gives readers an unforgettable inside look at what families experience when their child has a disability¿and how to meet their needs as their child grows. Eye-opening and inspiring, Melanie, Bird with a Broken Wing will leave a lasting impression.

About the Author
Acknowledgments
With a Whimper
Melanie
Empty Hands
The Sweet Bird
The Dream Is Me
Crashing
Gargling
Choking
Vomiting
In Our Hands
“Oh, God! No!”
The Bearer of Bad News
Nestargel
The Spiral Staircase
Smiling
Initial Assessments
Seeing
Interpreting
Swallowing
Invisible Chains
Love and Faith
Mummy Therapy
A Very Sick Baby
The Turning Point
Sleep Feeding
Thriving
Naming the World
Morning Has Broken
Mark
Seeking Another View
The Forest or the Trees?
Joan and Wendy
The Shade of the Immortelle
Bobath Therapy
A Temporary Goodbye
“Yes!”
Back to School
Magnificent Helpers
A Happy 4-Year-Old
A New Decade
Dynamic Reassessment
CT Scan
Btain Gazing
Mercedes and Elizabeth
The Spreading Branches of the Immortelle
A Fairy-Tale Morning
From Fairy Tale to Nightmare
The Worst of Times
The End
She Looks All Right
Goodbye
Epilogue
Melanie
References
Reader's Guide

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