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Library Journal Review


Singer, Jonathan. The Special Needs Parent Handbook:

Critical Strategies and Practical Advice To Help You Survive

and Thrive. Clinton and Valley Pub. 2010. 96p.

ISBN 9781452074467. pap. $14.99. CHILD REARING


This title is being distributed to libraries across the country in support of Advocacy for All, an initiative to help families advocate for their special-needs children. The author, father of a 14-year-old with a rare genetic disorder causing autistic tendencies, clearly comes to his topic with firsthand experience and perspective to see the impact of his advice. Covering such subjects as finding babysitters, planning a financial future, working with school districts, and keeping the family together, Singer does an excellent job of being realistic about obstacles while providing hope for families faced with the complexities of raising special-needs children. Accept this donation with grace; it is timely, well written, practical, and focused. This slim gem should be on the shelf of every library.




Book List Review


Of the multitude of special-needs parenting books available, most cover a specific area in depth keeping the marriage together (Married with Special-Needs Children, 2007), navigating the health-care system (Parenting Children with Health Issues, 2007), advocating for inclusion (The Complete IEP Guide, 1998), tackling a specific diagnosis (Coloring outside Autism's Lines, 2010), or offering advice on keeping life balanced (If You've Ever Wanted to Crawl in the Closet with an Oreo, 2000). Singer, whose daughter has a genetic disorder that causes autistic tendencies, touches on all of these areas in this short, personal volume that rose out of conversations on a Yahoo discussion group. Some of the advice is overly simplified ( You need to find the best doctors for your child ), but the short chapters on practical subjects ( Finding Babysitters, Your Health, Planning for the Future ) could serve as a useful introduction for a parent just starting down the path of raising a special-needs child. The proceeds of this book benefit Advocacy for All, an initiative founded by Singer.--Tillotson, Laura Copyright 2010 Booklist



The Special Needs Parent Handbook

  Available in paperback and for Kindle


Learn how to advocate more effectively.

Include your child in community based activities.

Creative ways to make life more enjoyable.



“Timely, well written, practical ... this slim gem should 

   be on the shelf of every library.

        Julianne J. Smith, Library Journal



“The Special Needs Parent Handbook is a simple, easy 

   to read book offering practical advice.

        Lisa Borges, The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism


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