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Special Gifts: Women Writers on the Heartache, the Happiness and the Hope of Raising a Special Needs Child Paperback – June 12, 2007


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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932279598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932279597
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,043,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Contributors include: Lisa Romeo, Jesse Michener, Kristen Scott, Margaret Mitchell, Michelle O'Neil, Julie Adam, Kimberly Winters, Heide AW Kaminski, Marla Davishoff, Swathi Avathi, Jennifer Bailey, Heather Ristau, Andrea Harris,Lorena Smith, Sheila Webster-Heard, Susan Wagner, Sheila Vakili, Paige Huskey, Rhonda Pollero, Caryn Sullivan Janice Noble, Michele Ackerman, Molly Nichols, Jenny Menn, Ann M. Curtis, Diane Eaton, Erika Dahlquist, Shannon Andreson, Jessica Thompson, Renee Bryant, Chelsea Celentano Susan Erickson, Marie E. LaConte, Juanita Spencer, Amanda Radcliffe, Faith Gallatin, Michelle S. Weil, Heather Mount, Candice Miller, Nancy C. Anderson, and Kelley Cunningham.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Tjaden on August 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Having no children of my own yet, much less a child with special needs, the essays in this book do a wonderful job of reaching a wide audience. The insight that these women writers provide on their everyday experiences, frustrations, and triumphs will truly win your heart while sharing devastating moments that evoke your deepest sympathies. Each writer has her own unique voice, ranging from touching philosophies on parenting to the darkest corners of a mother's mind that require an unspeakable amount of courage to write. Each essay is a short 5-15 minute read, making it an easy read while you have a few moments (I read 5 essays while getting the oil changed in my car). In short, I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Running Mama on August 27, 2007
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This is the kind of book every teacher and family member who knows a special-need kid (and who doesn't?) should read. It is not a how-to or medical manual but rather insightful and heartfelt stories from the people who really know best what living with many challenges can be like.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By suburban mom on September 24, 2007
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Whether you have a child with special needs or know someone who does, this book will touch you. In these essays moms write about their hopes and dreams as well as frustrations and feelings of inadequacy. As a mother of an ADHD son, I know all too well the isolation and desperation that walks hand-in-hand with a diagnosis of ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder or one of the many other behavioral and emotional disorders. I have often said that if my son had diabetes or cerebral palsy people would feel sympathetic and want to help. But, when my impulsive son yells or hits, no one really cares that he has ADHD. But, these moms do...they get it and it is very cathartic and validating to hear their stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renee on March 15, 2011
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First, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Renee Bryant, and I am a contributing writer in this book. My opinions could most certainly be considered biased. As a contributing writer, I did not receive any compensation for my portion/essay that is contained within the book. I also had to purchase my own copy of the book as this book wasn't published for financial gain, rather to help other parents and family members with their own "Special Gift."

The stories contained in this book are true, heartfelt, emotionally charged glimpses into our lives, personal journeys and some of our own discoveries along the way. They are inspiring and informative. Some of the essays may contain helpful information and some will most certainly make you cry. I felt both joy and sorrow while reading this book. For me, it was a way of sharing what worked well for our family.

Finally, if you purchase the book and read Shawn's story, "A Difficult Journey," I would like to bring you up to date. Shawn is 12 years old now and attends 7th grade. He goes to his local jr high and not one person knows that he is autistic except for the office staff, and only because it is in his school record. He plays piano, violin, and was in a lead role in his school play for 3 years in a row in the elementary school he attended prior to this year. He is doing well in all areas and I am thankful for each and every person who had a hand in helping us along the way. Our "Difficult Journey" has become a remarkable journey to say the least.
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