A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled

Raising a Handicapped Child: A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled

Free, Teresa A

PARENT-CHILD HEALTH

Books in this section were selected and reviewed by Teresa A. Free, ARNP, PNP, PhD, associate professor, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Lexington.

Raising a Handicapped Child: A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled

Charlotte E Thompson, MD. New York, N. Y. Oxford University Press, 2000, 274 pp, $15.95.

Each day, 700 special-needs children are born in the United States. NPs can use this book to help parents when they are ready to receive information and resources. The author is an experienced physician and director of the Center for Handicapped Children and Teenagers in San Francisco. Throughout the book, she introduces parents to the health care professionals they may need, including NPs, and discusses both emotional and physical problems parents and children may encounter.

This book uses a straightforward, supportive approach to addressing issues such as coping with a devastating diagnosis, the uniqueness of all family members in the child’s life, how to find the child’s greatest potential, how to find the best educational programs, and how to survive adolescence. It also makes practical suggestions for helping children with new treatments, appliances, and technologies. The appendices abound with resources: definitions parents may need to know, state government and private assistance agencies, and recreational places that are especially accommodating to special-needs children.

Copyright Springhouse Corporation Feb 2001

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