The Best Books About Raising A Developmentally Disabled Child

By Jaclyn Hurley

Families of special needs children face a host of additional challenges. For some families it can really bring them together but for others it seems to tear them apart. Finding ways to cope is the key to success and learning from others really is one of the best ways to deal with this life challenge in a positive way. Books about raising a developmentally disabled child can be very helpful and offer a multitude of resources.

At first the family will be looking for reassurance and comfort. Reading about others who have been down the same road they are setting out on and made it through as stronger people is very helpful. It may take some time but they will eventually begin to realize that they too can do this.

It is vital for parents in the first few weeks to understand that there is help available. It is perfectly natural to feel over whelmed and even depressed. Seeking out books that present an upbeat perspective is very important. This should be easy to do by checking the customer reviews and reading the abstract.

It is also important to avoid reading informative books that are too old or out of date. Research is changing fast and even something from ten years ago may contain out of date information. Amazon is one of the best places to look for any book. Shopping is quick and easy with so many titles to choose from.

There are some very heart warming stories that will bring the reader to tears. Secret Girl by M. B. Jacobs is the story of a families reunion with a young daughter who had been placed in an institution. In common with most children of her generation, being diagnosed with an intellectual disability meant immediate institutionalization.

Those dealing with autism will be encouraged by the works of Temple Grandin. This famous woman was diagnosed at the age of two but no treatment was available. From a very difficult start she went on to achieve great things, including the publication of several books.

The addition of any child to a family changes the dynamic, but having a baby with a disability changes things even more. Parents are often worried about the effect it might have on their other children. Being open and discussing these concerns is very important. The other children should always be given the opportunity to talk freely about their sibling's issues and how it might affect them.

Other children in the family are also affected. They often feel left out as their special sibling gets so much of the time and attention. On many occasions parents are too busy struggling through to notice. Don Meyer has written several works expressly for children and teens to help them cope with their emotions and realize they are not alone.

As their children grow a whole new set of concern often arises. Parents should continue to read and seek out as many of the latest publications as possible. Once their grown up son or daughter enters the world of work they will need a lot of help and advice.

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