Resources for Parents

Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples’ Guide to Keeping Connected
by Laura E. Marshak, Fran P. Prezant

This book discusses how raising a child can impact the marital relationship for any couple, while also making clear distinctions on the additional and unique stressors when a child has special needs.

Building a Joyful Life With Your Child Who Has Special Needs
by Nancy J. Whiteman, Linda Roan-Yager

Written by two moms of children with mental health, cognitive and physical disabilities who became consumed with their children’s special needs and neglected their own.  They share learnings from their own experiences of parenting children with special needs, interviews and workshops with parents, and research findings.  A book that is also part workbook with many exercises designed for personal reflection and exploration of emotions, thoughts and meaning for parents to find ways of regaining balance in their lives.

Wake up to Your (W)hole Life
by Alaya Chadwick
Of the many personal development books I’ve read, the wisdom revealed in this book is what changed my life by shifting my relationship with my disability.  This book is for anyone who is experiencing a challenging life situation and wants to create life-changing shifts.  The author, Alaya, invites us to become curious about ourselves in a gentle, non-judgmental way and offers a step-by-step process that provides a way to be more fully alive.

The Special-Needs Parent Guide Collection of books
A series of books, each one focused on a particular disability or condition, especially helpful to read when parent receive the initial diagnosis for their child.  The books provide helpful medical information in layman’s terms and acknowledges the emotional impact on parents.

Parenting Special Needs Magazine
A free online magazine, covering “real life” with a special needs child. Providing practical tips, personal experiences, and resources.

Creates a secure network of family, friends and caregivers surrounding a child with special needs using innovative and highly personalized tools to enhance collaboration and provide a safe means of communicating via the Internet.

Helps you to stay connected with friends and family during your child’s serious health event.

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