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Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations Paperback – February 22, 2006
This is the only special needs book I’ve ever read completely in one sitting. I literally couldn’t put it down! Judy Winter’s refreshing style – at once both loving and no-nonsense – makes you feel like you're with a friend you've known for years.…I love practical, and this book is packed full of tips and information you can USE."
-Joan Celebi, Ed.M, CLC; Founder, SpecialNeedsParentCoach.com
"Winter combines her talents for journalism and parenting in a book that is part inspiration, part how-to, and wholly optimistic about your family's survival as you take on the challenge of raising a child with special needs."
– Terri Mauro, About.com
"In Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs (out last month from Jossey Bass), award-winning writer Judy Winter helps parents 'raise the bar of expectations' for their challenged children. Winter fought for a normal life for her son, Eric, before losing him to cerebral palsy. "The demands of special needs challenged me to the limits of human endurance and helped me realize my most heartfelt life dreams, too," she writes. From getting over the myth of the perfect baby, to dealing with staring, to maneuvering the school system, her wisdom is both practical and inspiring."
- Parenting Magazine, 2006
"The essential companion for parents and professionals who care for individuals with special needs."
--From the Foreword by Gail Williamson, executive director, Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles
"Judy Winter’s book is a wonderful story filled not only with practical insights but also with inspirational ideas for how parents can imagine a future filled with high hopes for every child."
--Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D., chairman of the board, Special Olympics
"This wonderful book is a tribute to the power of faith, optimism, and possibility thinking. Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs will provide hope and inspiration to all families challenged by special needs."
--Dr. Robert H. Schuller, founding pastor, Crystal Cathedral Ministries/Hour of Power, and author, Don’t Throw Away Tomorrow
"It’s about ability, not disability! I believe Ms. Winter will influence many parents and give them a positive outlook in raising their children."
--Chris Burke, actor, aka Corky from Life Goes On
"In this exceptional book, author Judy Winter delivers inspiring success stories, specific resources, parent-tested strategies, and validating words that readers can use to help their children achieve better lives. Highly recommended."
--Sam Horn, author, Tongue Fu! and emcee, Maui Writers Conference
"I commend Judy Winter for expressing so honestly the gifts that can be brought about by a commitment to love and defiance against all odds. Her work is one that ought to be taken to heart, regardless of personal situations, as it stands as a tribute to what all people can achieve and what lies at the heart of the human spirit.”--Brooke Ellison, M.A., John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, author, Miracles Happen: One Mother, One Daughter, One Journey
"Inspires the reader to rethink, reframe, and reevaluate their expectations and parenting style. Judy Winter’s style is empowering, inspiring, and will help children with special needs everywhere."
--Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D., author, If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules: Ten Rules for Being Human
"Judy Winter challenges families and professionals to help children with special needs to reach their full potential through a motivational, how-to approach that works. The book states the importance of focusing on ability, not disability, and provides encouragement through inspiring success stories of parents and caregivers who have been there."
--Susan Titus Osborn, author, A Special Kind of Love: For Those Who Love Children with Special Needs
"Judy Winter’s book requires me to alter my beliefs and academic content in my instruction to special education teachers and adds another dimension to the preparation of teachers working with special need students."
--Edna Felmlee, instructor, Special Education Coordinator/Special Education Internship, Michigan State University
"Vignettes are carefully woven with medical information to make a readable book that every parent of a child with special needs should read. Judy Winter’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the topic clearly come through. I strongly recommend this book to all--parents and professionals who work with children with special needs."
--Virginia Simson Nelson, M.D., M.P.H., professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan Medical School
"This book will be a welcomed addition to the libraries of all parents, whether or not they have a child with a disability."
--Linda Wacyk, communications manager, Michigan Association of School Administrators
"A rare combination of a well-researched, compassionate and no-nonsense, how-to parenting guide for all children."
--Clare Leach, licensed professional counselor, Aspen Colorado
"Ann Frank once said, ‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’ Judy Winter is doing it eloquently."
--Ronna Robbins, special educator, Detroit Public Schools
"As the mother of two children with special needs I have been inspired by Judy Winter’s strength and compassion during a time of great challenges for her family. As a reader, I have been impressed by her ability to tell a story in a way that touches the heart."
--Annie Lewis, Michigan mom of two sons with Asperger’s Syndrome
Top customer reviews
While the content is pretty similar to what I've read in other books on special needs, Judy's sense of humor shines through. I especially appreciate her tips pages including: hospital stays, avoiding labels, dealing with staring, and working with professionals to name just a few.
Her interview with Dana Reeve (wife of Christopher Reeve of "Superman" fame) will inspire and touch you. There are many other wonderfully inspiring stories by families who have, like Judy, "been there, done that" and are willing to share their hearts and wisdom with those who are "still there and doing that."
I would have rated this book with 5 stars but the one area I found a little lacking was in the "practical parenting skills" department which is kind of what I expected to find in this particular book. And, I guess I should thank Judy because it's that "lack" that led me to write a book of my own to "fill in the gap."
For a resource which focuses specifically on parenting skills for your special needs child, see Love and Logic's: Parenting Children With Health Issues: Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Raising Kids With Chronic Illness, Medical Conditions, and Special Healthcare Needs
I highly recommend "Breakthrough Parenting" to ANYONE whose life touches someone with special needs--parent, teacher, therapist, neighbor, friend, extended family, caregiver.