From Library Journal
The publisher has delivered another excellent volume in its "Special Needs Collection" (see also Children with Cerebral Palsy, LJ 4/1/91, and Children with Mental Retardation, Woodbine House, 1993). Following the easy-to-use format established by the other texts in the collection, the chapters?each written by authoritative authors?deal with the medical, emotional, legal, educational, developmental, and day-to-day issues that must be faced by the parents and families of children with visual impairments. Each chapter closes with parental statements that provide special insight for those with children whose impairment is newly diagnosed. A comprehensive glossary and an extensive list of national and state resources round out the book. Essential for parenting and special needs collections.?KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Auburn, Wash.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Loaded with instructive guidance and concrete support, this fine resource offers a great deal of information and reassurance to parents who have children with visual impairments. With authority and clarity, special educator Holbrook and her contributors (educators, medical specialists, and other experts) provide straightforward, demystifying facts on pertinent medical, emotional, social, educational, and family issues. Each chapter's discussion is followed by helpful, concrete guidance for parents to aid them in fostering their child's independence, self-esteem, mobility, and literacy. Specific data on the assessment and causes of visual impairments, appropriate educational intervention and settings, and disability law arm parents with critical knowledge to deal with outside professionals, siblings, daily routines, and so forth. Holbrook, who also has a child with a visual impairment, concludes each chapter with pithy quotes from actual parents. Although geared to parents of young children, this book will also be valuable to those with older children or children with multiple disabilities. A bibliography, a glossary, and a resource list are excellent appendixes. An important addition to library collections. Irene Wood