by Ellen Notbohm Year Published: 2012
Parenting an Adult with Disabilities or Special Needs: Everything You Need to Know to Plan for and Pby Peggy Lou Morgan Year Published: 2009
While financial and legal planning is important, emphasis also needs to be placed on actual caring issues as well when it comes to your adult child with special needs. Morgan writes, “All parents deal with the sometimes-paralyzing question of what happens to adult children when we can no longer be there for them. While legal documents are very important, they may not prepare caregivers, nominated representatives or others to understand someone who may not be able to communicate his needs directly.”
As her third chapter, “Loneliness is the Only Real Disability,” suggests, Morgan is an advocate to giving adult children with special needs time and attention. She suggests getting a service dog but warns that many residential home may not allow them. She stresses that social connections are excruciatingly important, especially if parents are not able to provide some of their time and attention, if any at all. A sample caregiver’s manual is also provided in the book as a reference guide.
by Kate Strohm Year Published: 2005
This book tackles the question of how siblings are affected when there is a special needs child in the family. Having grown up with a sister with cerebral palsy herself, counselor and health educator Kate Strohm discusses the challenges siblings of disabled children face and how often these challenges are overlooked. Abled siblings often struggle with different emotions, including feelings of isolation, grief and anxiety, which can have long-lasting effects. In compassionate and insightful ways, Strohm explores these secrets feelings and provides coping methods to help work out unhealthy emotions. She provides her takes on different issues based off of her own experiences as well as those of other siblings of children with special needs.
by Temple Grandin Year Published: 2014
Temple Grandin may be the most famous person with autism, a condition that affects 1 in 88 children. Since her birth in 1947, our understanding of it has undergone a great transformation, leading to more hope than ever before that we may finally learn the causes of and treatments for autism.
Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the advances in neuroimaging and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show which anomalies might explain common symptoms. Most excitingly, she argues that raising and educating kids on the autism spectrum must focus on their long-overlooked strengths to foster their unique contributions. The Autistic Brain brings Grandins singular perspective into the heart of the autism revolution.