The author perfectly uses characters from the real world who are the average parent and by doing this she hopes to make the ready relate with them and their stories.
Personally I have never been around a child with special needs long enough to understand him or her but having read this book I sympathize with families living with these kids. My reflection on this book hopes to address the lives of those raising children with disabilities and through their experiences build my understanding too.
Denise Brodey presents extracts from the lives of families who work together in an environment of cooperation, strength and most importantly hope. As most of the readers would relate this books stories to personal ones, I have never been around a child with special needs. I have a younger sister who is doing a bachelor degree in special needs, childhood education. The only way I can relate to the books subject is when I asked my sister how it felt to be around and to teach a child with special needs. I never talked about the subject intensely until I read this book. Apparently, everybody wants or expects a perfect child during birth and development. By complete I mean a child who is healthy and has a normal childhood growing up.
Children with disorders are either born having it or are as a result of diseases or accidents during their growth. I am sure you have heard of these common disorders; ADD, ADHD, Sensory disorders, childhood depression, Asperger’s syndrome, and autism. As I read through stories featuring these disorders from the parents points of view, I began addressing questions like: “how would I deal and raise a child with special needs?” “How can I identify a child with special needs and how should I respond?”
I have had friends jokingly talk about kids they wished to have, and some would ask, "what if the child is born