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One-Track Mind: 15 Ways to Amplify Your Child's Special Interest Paperback – November 3, 2015
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If your child has dyslexia, autism, Down syndrome or any other learning challenge, one thing is certain: he or she will need extra love and support throughout life. It can feel like they are continually measured against standards of what is “normal” and subjected to expectations that are neither helpful nor kind.
In the process of parenting a special needs child, you might find yourself wondering, “What am I going to do with this kid?” The mother of a son with autism, Andrea Moriarty asked that very question. She found a simple yet profoundly life-changing answer: identify your child’s special interest—whether it’s music, Zorba the Greek, or bottle caps. Dive into it wholeheartedly with him or her. Then, leverage that passion into a life of purpose.
A candid and inspirational tale from a mom who has been in the trenches of special needs parenting, One-Track Mind shares the story of a boy named Reid whose love for music became the therapy—and theme—that transformed his life. Through Moriarty’s journey, you’ll discover ways to guide your own differently abled child by harnessing the power of his or her greatest fascination.
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About the Author
Andrea Moriarty is the cofounder of the music therapy nonprofit Banding Together and blogs at Autism Unplugged. Her refreshing, spiritual take on both the challenges and triumphs of parenting a differently abled child offers affectionate humor and unending hope.
Moriarty and her husband Jim are the proud adoptive parents of twins, Allie and Reid. Allie currently studies music education and music therapy at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Reid makes music, performs regularly, and hosts his own podcast: Talk Time with Reid Moriarty.
Moriarty lives in Solana Beach, California, where she accumulates books, cooks from scratch, and whistles while she works.
- Publisher : JAM Ink (November 3, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 226 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0692533192
- ISBN-13 : 978-0692533192
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.57 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,348,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Velveteen Rabbit quotes in the intro chapter, (my all-time favorite quotes) to the numerous music analogies and metaphors, to the continual wisdom within each wonderful and brave chapter... I was IN!!
This is no ordinary book. While it is a book that could be directed towards a person who has a child with special needs, I found it to be a touchstone for love, empathy, and understanding, as well as the addition of the importance of music in one's life. This book captured my heart, and I was uplifted and in deep respect of Andreas journey.
This was a "Wow!" book for me.
Each chapter brings practical ideas that will benefit you and your child, but I found myself applying these practical things to my own life. Being a musician is a spiritual journey and each chapter contains a music metaphor that defines the theme of the chapter. I found that particular part of the book absolutely brilliant! Andrea seamlessly uses spirit and musical metaphor to bring YOU a tool to approach your child with special needs, or to yourself.
This is a wonderfully and brilliantly written book. I have referred this book to numerous friends, family, and clients and they have all had the same response..... thank you, thank you!!!! Run, don't walk.... buy this book, for yourself, or perhaps for someone who has a child with special needs. There are so many words of love and wisdom in this wonderful book you feel uplifted and intrigued by Andrea's amazing story of perseverance, honesty, and continual hope and love. Thank you, Andrea, for writing this book. It is a Gem!!!
I have two children with dyslexia and various emotional deficiencies. I wish this book had been around during those formative years. It is like a textbook of what to do and not do. The author beautifully shares her family's journey through autism. She gives 15 ways to reach and or help your child. She seemed to have tried so much so she knows what works and what doesn't. I loved how every chapter was about a different topic and how she used musical terms to relay that message to the reader. This is a must read, especially for the loved ones of newly diagnosed autistic children.
Andrea Moriarty has created a book for those who seek direction and encouragement as they strive to maximize the possibilities for an atypical learner and how to celebrate the unique aspects of your child and their way of experiencing life. She demonstrates how Reid is finding his way through music and encourages others to look for ways to not only think outside the box, but to “…look for ways to remove the boxes that confine them and instead build figurative ramps that bring them out of the corners to center stage.”
She asks the question, “What would it look like at your house to remove the box, connect with the world and let your child’s affinity lead the way?”
A thoughtful and inspiring book…a must read.
This book can be used to help understand your child's actions, mood changes, behavior, and methods to assist child to understand how these actions and behavior impact others.
She is a strong believer in never giving up, and stresses alternative learning methods.
At the end of the day, it offers help and positive outcomes.