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Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Raising a Child With a Disability Hardcover – March, 1997


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"Writing with the wisdom of a mental health professional and the compassion of a loving father, Dr. Naseef has given us a book that will instruct and inspire us all."
(Harold Kushner) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author


Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D., along with his wife Cindy N. Ariel, Ph.D., has a full-time independent practice in psychology that specializes in working with families of children with special needs. Dr. Naseef has a foot in each world because he himself is the father of a child with autism. He is a family consultant at Specare Pediatric Center, which provides a medical home for children with special health care needs in the Delaware Valley, and serves as a consultant to school districts, special education parent groups, and human services organizations. He writes regular columns at www.specialchild.com, www.kidsdirect.net/parentsdirect, and www.specialchildren.about.com. A native of Philadelphia who received his doctoral degree in psychological studies from Temple University, Dr. Naseef has a broad background in both education and psychology, with special interest and expertise in the psychology of men and fatherhood. He was instrumental in developing a training package to foster parent-professional collaboration for the New Jersey Department of Education, Division of Special Education, and taught graduate courses at Antioch University in Philadelphia and Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He held clinical privileges in psychology at the Pennsylvania Hospital's Department of Psychiatry and serves on the board of directors of the Center for Autistic children, the professional advisory board of the Pathway School, and the parent steering committee of the Interdisciplinary Council on Learning and Developmental Disorders.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Birch Lane Pr; First Edition edition (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559723777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559723770
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,138,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert Naseef speaks and writes in a singular voice as a psychologist and father of an adult son with autism. His new book, Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together (2013) by Brookes Publishing includes advance praise from Temple Grandin: "Fathers often have difficulty expressing their feelings, and this book should be required reading for all fathers who have a child with a disability."

"Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Parenting a Child with a Disability," his first book, received international recognition. He has lectured internationally and appeared on radio and television. He is the co-editor with Cindy N. Ariel of Voices from the Spectrum: Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, People with Autism, and Professionals Share Their Wisdom (2006). "Living Along the Autism Spectrum" (2009) is a DVD which features him with Stephen Shore and Dan Gottlieb.

Dr. Naseef's specialty is working with families of children with autism and other special needs. He has published in scholarly journals and other publications. He has "a foot in each world" as a father and a professional with a special interest and expertise in the psychology of men and fatherhood. Through his experiences as a parent and as a professional, Robert relates to both audiences and is a sought after speaker around the country. In 2008, Robert Naseef was honored by Variety, the Children's Charity for his outstanding contributions over the past 20 years to the autism community. You can visit him on the web at www.alternativechoices.com.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lisa R. Simmons on January 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Usually when I review a book, I'm looking for one that's reader-friendly (a quick read, written in understandable language, and offering practical ideas). By that definition, this book may not fit. Is "Special Children, Challenged Parents" written in
understandable language? Yes. Does it offer practical ideas? Definitely. Will it be a quick read? Probably not. You see, Dr. Naseef's book is going to touch your emotions. This is perhaps the most honest book I have ever read on the grieving process of parents struggling to accept and raise a child with special needs. By sharing his own story and those of other parents he has interviewed and worked with, Dr. Naseef discusses why this process is so hard and what parents can do to survive the process and come out on the other side. But perhaps Dr. Naseef's most valuable contribution is his message for fathers. Fathers very rarely fit comfortably into the role of fathering a child with special needs and Dr. Naseef's unique
qualifications as both a father and a psychologist have given him rare insights to help other Dads facing this challenge. This may not be an "easy read", but if you're a parent struggling with your emotional responses to your child -- it is definitely a "must read".
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a good, basic book outlining the grief process and other major common emotional issues in raising a child with a disability. However, as the mother of an autistic child who is with her child 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, I can't help but wonder about the authenticity of the author's personal experience "parenting" an autistic child, as his own autistic child has been institutionalized for a huge segment of his life while the author went on to have more children and a very normal homelife. It feels to me like the man "skipped out" on the real experience of raising his autistic son himself and elected to become a part-time parent to the child, then felt himself capable of writing a book about it. I find it hard to believe that he truly understands the day to day life of a full-time parent of an autistic child, given his own choices, however "right" they may have been for his son.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am a psychologist who works with children and families, many of whom are grappling with difficult issues related to a medical condition, behavioral problem, or learning disability. This book provides sound advice written in plain English from a psychologist whose son is autistic. I have recommended Dr. Naseef's book to a number of my clients because of how thoughtfully he combines his own story with a practical guide for parents and others who care for a child with special needs. A wide range of issues are covered, and all are essential. A great find on Amazon- thanks!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a parent of a medically fragile child with special needs, Dr.Naseef's book has been a wonderful resource for me, my wife, and our family and friends. The author's experience as a father of a special child of his own and as a psychologist shine through its pages. This book is a must read for parents, teachers, medical professionals, caregivers, and others whose lives are touched by a child with special needs. Full of practical strategies for coping, from the initial grief to working effectively with medical and educational professionals, to staying together as a family. It's not easy explaining to our friends and family how we stay positive while faced with so many challenges -- Special Children, Challenged Parents has been a great help to us and the people who are close to our son.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Robert Naseef clearly understands the complex range of issues that accompany raising a special child. He is a gentle father and husband, and he interweaves the story of his own son's battle with autism into the lives of others he meets and counsels along the way. He offers plenty of good advice here about how to maintain one's sanity, health and marriage while still doing all one can and should for one's special child.
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