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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Woodbine House; 1 edition (January 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890627100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890627102
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In addition to raising three children, Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D., is a professor of counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also maintains a private psychology practice and sees many parents of children with disabilities. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Fran P. Prezant, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is a nationally certified speech and language pathologist, parent trainer, and researcher on disability issues. Currently she is Director of Research and Evaluation at Abilities! (formerly National Center for Disability Services), a non-profit organization dedicated to the full participation of people with disabilities in society. She lives with her husband and two adult children in West Orange, New Jersey.

Both authors have written extensively on disabilities issues and co-authored Disability and the Family Lifecycle (Basic Books).


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Of course I waited until I was struggling to buy the book.
Amy S. Litko
The book is a definate way to just remind you how to work with your partner, even if you already knew how.
M. Verdecchia
This book is well-organized, well-written, full of excellent information, and inspires real hope.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is well-organized, well-written, full of excellent information, and inspires real hope. Hope for marriages that are struggling, and also hope for stable marriages that they can be even better. This book is so much more than the typical advice to "take time for yourselves," or "go on dates with your spouse." It's full of concrete suggestions and thought-provoking analogies that I read, and then re-read, because they really fit my life. This book surprised me by giving me more insight into my husband's mind-set, even after 6 years of parenting special-needs children. The focus of much of the book is problem solving, and successfully, even joyfully, adjusting to life with these special kids. The chapter on divorce considerations is very real, very practical, and goes way beyond what most books cover. All in all, this is a valuable resource for couples parenting special-needs children!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lisa C. Greene, on September 14, 2007
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As the mother of two children with cystic fibrosis, I really resonated with this book. I saw my own marriage and our challenges on many of these pages.

We "special needs parents" have so much in common no matter what our diagnosis is. Lack of time and energy, high levels of frustration and unrelenting stress can take its toll on a marriage. This book explains the challenges and presents realistic strategies for overcoming them.

The authors are clearly experts in their field and have interviewed many couples who are "living it." It feels good to know that we are not alone in our struggles and that what we experience is normal given our, at times, overwhelming situation. Laura and Fran's deep compassion shines through their words and will change many lives.

For additional resources for raising special needs children, see the new book Parenting Children With Health Issues: Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Raising Kids With Chronic Illness, Medical Conditions, and Special Healthcare Needs
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 11, 2007
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Written by professor of counseling Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D. and speech/language pathologist and parent trainer Fran Pollock Prezant, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples' Guide to Keeping Connected is a valuable guide for married couples to adjusting to raising a disabled child. From techniques for communication and problem-solving, to making time for romance and sexual intimacy, to practical solutions for practical problems (information overload, financial issues, time constraints, fatigue, etc.), to stress management strategies, what to do when a marriage is seriously troubled, divorce and remarriage considerations, and much more, Married with Special-Needs Children is utterly invaluable in its nonjudgmental, serious-minded approach to coping with long-term, life-altering changes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Verdecchia on August 29, 2009
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On the day we found out about our daughter's diagnosis of Aicardi's syndrome, a nurse told us to remember to be kind to one another. What amazing words she said, but they are so true. Of course, sufferring from an amazing amount of grief, I wanted to seek solice in information of special needs children when I stumbled upon this book. We had our daughter 1 month after our 12 year anniversary and she was diagnosed at one month old. We had a strong marriage, but special-needs can definately break up marriages, so I figured why not.

The book does what it says. Addresses the fundamentals of marriage.It talks about remembering each other, communicating, ensuring you take time for each other and not letting the child consume your life. This is important. A child is going to change your life anyways, but a special needs child REALLY does. It also talks about how you might grieve different from one another and learning to respect yoru patner's way of grieving. I won't go into all of it, but it really helped me mostly for learning how to deal with my partner's way of grieving and respecting it was not going to be the same as mine. It taught me I needed outside help (went to counseling) and how to accept help for others and ensuring we took time for ourselves.

The book also discusses the issues of if it does lead to cheating, divorce, remarraige, and learning from other perople's long term marraiges.It also has resources from community and ways to deal with stress.

It was a quick read and had alot of references and comments from couples. The book is a definate way to just remind you how to work with your partner, even if you already knew how.

Katie is almost two years old and we take time for each other, seek respite care and accept offers of help from the family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By g.i.jane on April 28, 2013
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I was lucky enough to attend a conference with the authors. Everybody walked out of there extremely helped. I find the concepts simple and common sense. Staying married is in the best interest of the kids, it's better for everybody, and this book will help you do that. It enabled me to see things from the other persons point of view. Can't say enough good about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne M. Stalker on May 2, 2013
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Somewhere around 75% of marriages where there is a child born with a disability end in divorce. Don't let this happen to you. Read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angel on January 31, 2011
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I am still reading this book very slowly to absorb all of the information. My marriage has been a roller coaster ride with having my son with special needs it's a book I recommend for everyone going through such a difficult journey .
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