Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs Paperback – November 1, 2011
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From the Back Cover
One of the primary responsibilities of being a parent is to make sure your children are safe and sound in the world around them. However, when your child struggles with a medical condition or behavioral or educational concerns, the everyday issues of life and parenthood can become overwhelmingly magnified. How do you deal with the challenges of parenting a child who has special needs? Where can you find help to create a loving environment that is productive and secure?With more than twenty-five years of experience as a teacher and the parent of a special needs child, author Jolene Philo offers you guidance and encouragement. In Different Dream Parenting, youll find biblical insights and practical resources to strengthen you in your walk with God and equip you for the journey ahead.Addressing a variety of situations and providing tools to help you work through them, she prepares you to become an extraordinary advocate for your child. Discover how you can move from chaos to calm and experience the joy of being your childs biggest and best supporter.
About the Author
A teacher for twenty-five years, Jolene Philo now writes and speaks about caregiving. She is the author of A Different Dream for My Child and Different Dream Parenting, and she hosts a thriving online community for parents of children with special needs at differentdream.com. She and her husband have two children and live in Boone, Iowa.
- Publisher : Our Daily Bread Publishing (November 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1572934670
- ISBN-13 : 978-1572934672
- Reading age : Baby and up
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.38 x 0.69 x 8 inches
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#1,241,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #3,166 in Parenting Hyperactive Children & Children with Disabilities (Books)
- #4,021 in Homeschooling (Books)
- #5,113 in Christian Family & Relationships
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Each chapter begins with a Bible passage and a short testimony from someone who has gone through this chapter’s experience. There are many resources for medical tips, professional advice and even prayer guides.
This excellent book is an absolute must have for any parent or loved one with a special needs child. I absolutely love the Christian aspect and the gift of hope, peace and comfort given. Five Stars.
Throughout the book, the chapters follow a strategic pattern. Typically, it begins with a Bible passage and a short quip from someone who has gone through the particular stage. Several stories are printed to give readers an idea of some real life examples of parents of special needs children. It points out possible traps that prevent parents from moving toward a healthy direction. It provide medical tips, help resources, web references, community links, professional advice as well as spiritual comfort. There are many moments in which the reader is invited to ponder a particular question about the meaning of it all, and calms the reader down with biblical promises. Adding to the already excellent resources are some prayer helps to guide readers through the different stages of difficulty.There are prayer guides for dependence, during hospital stays, praying for families, for educators, therapists, grieving families, children, and their character.
This book is so comprehensive that it is a must-have in the bookshelves of health professionals, counsellors, chaplains, ministry workers, and many help personnel. One can wait until a problem arrives before reading this book. Even for those of us who have not encountered a parenting challenge that requires 'different dream parenting,' there are at least two powerful reasons to read this book. Firstly, it enables us to appreciate your children even more. Secondly, we learn to be more sensitive to parents with special needs children. If you are a Christian, I add in a third reason. God can use you to help others, and share hope.
This book is provided to me free by Discovery House Publishers and NetGalley without any obligation for a positive review. The comments offered are freely mine.