The Special Needs Parent Handbook
Critical Strategies and Practical Advice to Help You Survive and Thrive
By Jonathan Singer
(AuthorHouse, Paperback, 9781452074467, 82pp.)
Publication Date: October 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Do you have a child with special needs? We do too, and it's exhausting, overwhelming, and impossible at times. Over the years, with lots of trial and error, we have learned a great deal about what works and what doesn't work so well in caring for our daughter Rebecca who has a very rare genetic disorder called Phelan-McDermid Syndrome. We have written this book to share our life lessons on how to make the most of a very challenging situation, how to avoid some of the pitfalls, and to help you enjoy your life to the fullest with your family. The Special Needs Parent Handbook provides practical advice for any parent of a child with special needs, from those with mild learning disorders to severe cases of autism, cerebral palsy, or other disabilities. Learn more about: 1) Hiring babysitters and getting free respite help
2) Finding the best doctors
3) Keeping the family together
4) Taking care of your health
5) Being a strong advocate for your child
6) Inclusion and recreational opportunities
7) Planning for the future
Jon Singer would do just about anything for his kids. In the summer of 2002, Jon and his wife Michey formed an organization called The Drive for Rebecca (DriveForRebecca.org) to increase awareness of autism. To raise money for the new organization, they set out on a cross-country journey that changed their lives. They drove from New Jersey to Los Angeles and raised nearly $100,000, which they donated to autism research projects and to leading educational programs for kids with autism. They joined forces with other New Jersey families to start a new school called REED Academy (REEDAcademy.org), and donated funds to support the opening of another school. Rebecca and twenty other students have made amazing progress since REED Academy opened in 2003. Because of the miracles that happen every day at REED, several students have graduated and are attending their local elementary schools together with typically developing peers.