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Raising a Kid with Special Needs

The Complete Canadian Guide

by (author) Lisa Bendall

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2008
Child Development, Children with Special Needs
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2008
    List Price

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Up to 20 per cent of Canadian families are raising a child with some sort of disability. Raising a Kid with Special Needs: The Complete Canadian Guide is a comprehensive and friendly guide for those families. Disability expert Lisa Bendall offers parents an essential lifeline. In clear, friendly language, Bendall presents a step-by-step guide to getting past the “special needs? and on to the business of living.
From health advice to school savvy, from financial tips to advocacy know-how, from focusing on family to facing the future, this book will guide parents through all aspects of parenting a child who has physical, developmental, sensory, or learning disabilities.
Complete with resource information, strategies, and personal stories from parents in the know, Raising a Kid with Special Needs is an empowering, reassuring, and invaluable guide.
Raising a Kid with Special Needs is a guidebook with a heart. It's full of helpful tips and resources for families...But as important as the book's practical info is, are the stories of real children and parents who are navigating this amazing journey and finding joy along the way. Author Lisa Bendall delivers it all in a voice that's clear-eyed, compassionate, and encouraging." --Caroline Connell, Editor-in-Chief of Today's Parent

About the author

LISA BENDALL is the author of After Disability: A Guide to Getting On with Life and a recognized disability expert with more than 20 years experience in the field. For more than a decade, she served as managing editor of Abilities, Canada’s lifestyle magazine for people with disabilities. Her writing has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, Homemakers, Canadian Living, Reader’s Digest, and Today’s Parent.
She is married to Ian Parker, an accomplished disability advocate who sustained a spinal cord injury 30 years ago and is quadriplegic. They live in Toronto with their daughter.

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