I have been given the opportunity to review A Parenting Guide for Families of Children with Disabilities: Developing Social Skills Towards Independent Living by Patricia Keiling and Patricia Lenzo. We have always taken one day at a time, but this book helped us to realize we must create a "Family Action Plan" to determine where we want to go in the future. It does not give a one-size-fits-all solution, but simply encourages and outlines ways for families to customize their own action plan based upon their individual and specific needs.
Since she has a language disorder, I found the chapters on communication very useful. It outlines ways we can help our daughter initiate and participate in a conversation as well as convey her wants and needs. Also, the section on Touch is very relevent since she is inclined to, not only hug and touch everyone she sees, but to do so with too much force. This book also is an excellent guide to helping us teach her to be independent in the areas of self-care, preparing food, shopping etc.
I recommend this book to anyone who may need an outline to raising a disabled child to someday live as independently as possible.
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