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This is a continuation of the book suggestion series. This list includes my recommendations for parents of children with special needs who need a little encouragement, a little understanding, a little laughter, too.
It is for those of you who are just receiving a new diagnosis for your child, for those deep in the depths of your child’s diagnosis, and for those who need to know that others understand — no matter the diagnosis.
Each of these books have been great inspirations to me. So, I’d like to share them with you.
5 Book Recommendations for Parents of Children with Special Needs Looking for Encouragement
- A Different Kind of Perfect: Writings by Parents on Raising a Child with Special Needs by Cindy Dowling, Bernadette Thomas and Neil Nicoll
- The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About Raising Kids with Special Needs by Denise Brodey
- Dads of Disability: Stories for, by and about fathers of children who experience disability (and the women who love them!) by Gary Dietz
- Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (This one is a heavier read, but really helps you understand your child who is so different from you. A brilliant piece of work.)
- Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjian (A lighter read, humorous – perfect for those days when you need a good laugh with parents who “get it”.)
- A Different Dream for My Child by Jolene Philo – Life lessons by the author on her experiences with her son’s medical issues since birth, with devotional meditations
What additional books would you add to the list?