The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About Raising Kids with Special Needs

The Elephant in the Playroom Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About Raising Kids with Special Needs A view from within the whirlwind of parenting a child with special needs Four years ago Denise Brodey s young son was diagnosed with a combination of special needs As she struggled to make sense of h

  • Title: The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About Raising Kids with Special Needs
  • Author: Denise Brodey
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  • Page: 113
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  • A view from within the whirlwind of parenting a child with special needs Four years ago, Denise Brodey s young son was diagnosed with a combination of special needs As she struggled to make sense of her new, chaotic world, what she found comforted her most was talking with other parents of kids with special needs, learning how they coped with the emotional, medical, andA view from within the whirlwind of parenting a child with special needs Four years ago, Denise Brodey s young son was diagnosed with a combination of special needs As she struggled to make sense of her new, chaotic world, what she found comforted her most was talking with other parents of kids with special needs, learning how they coped with the emotional, medical, and social challenges they faced In The Elephant in the Playroom, Brodey introduces us to a community of intrepid moms and dads who eloquently share the extraordinary highs and heartbreaking lows of parenting a child with ADD ADHD, sensory disorders, childhood depression, autism, and physical and learning disabilities, as well as kids who fall between diagnoses Hailing from Florida to Alaska, with kids ages three to thirty three, the parents in this collection address everything from deciding to medicate a child to how they ve learned to take care of themselves, offering readers comfort, kinship, and much needed perspective.

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    1. I hated reviews of this book, a collection of essays I think everyone should read. Elephant came about because Denise Brodey, editor of Fitness mag, wanted to hear the stories of other parents of special needs children when her son was diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder and childhood depression in 2003. Using her professional background, Brodey asked these parents to share their stories – the ups and downs, joys and pains, laughter and tears – in short essays. These are the experien [...]

    2. Inspiring and surprisingly funny, heartbreaking and painfully comforting this book is a collection of essays by parents about raising kids with special needs. My husband and I picked it up at the bookstore during one of our many quests for answers. Then the book sat in a pile waiting to be read for months. My husband finally picked it up and finished reading it in about three days. He let out a huge sigh, of relief, "Wow, we're not alone." It took me weeks to get through it, and perhaps an entir [...]

    3. I wish that more people would read stories like the ones included in this book. If you don't have children with special needs (and even if you do) it's easy to assume that a child's poor behavior is a direct reflection of the parenting (and therefore parents) they have. I appreciated the chance to read stories of parents doing all they can as they fight the good fight. Sometimes that leads to happy moments and sometimes, despite our best efforts, it doesn't. A great walk in other people's shoes. [...]

    4. When you're a parent, you often feel like you're the only person in the world dealing with the challenges of raising kids. (I think that's why Supernanny is so popular -- it makes us feel like other people have kids worse than our own!) When you're raising a child with special needs, though, these problems can be even more obvious, and more alienating. The Elephant in the Playroom is a collection of essays written by average parents with not-so-average kids. Ranging from preschoolers with ADHD t [...]

    5. I loved that these were parents and not experts talking about their own children. Each story is unique and each one taught me something. Some stories are really heart-wrenching, like the mom who had a sweet autistic son. The first day of Kindergarten the teacher announces to the staff, Shoot, they stuck me with that autistic kid this year. Nice. Needless to say, they had a horrible year with an unbending teacher who refused to honor even the simplest request to help this child. But there was a v [...]

    6. This was a remarkable collection of essays written by the parents of special needs children. What surprised me the most was the quality of the writing - neither too professional nor too unpracticed - everything was well paced. I enjoyed the variety of the essays and the topics covered.As the parent of a child with high-functioning Aspergers, I found the autism stories more meaningful - and also a reminder of how much worse things could be for my son.

    7. This book rings true on many levels. Some of the parents who share their stories were overwhelmed, desperate, and panicky at some points. Yet they were also thrilled by so many of their children's accomplishments. Many felt the desire or need to connect with other families with similar challenges. It was especially nice to read about a young man with a significant learning disability moving into his own condo and maintaining a job for over10 years.

    8. I recommend this book especially for any parent of a special needs child. While there were no children in this book with Down syndrome, the life experiences of these parents are universal. We are fiercely protective of our children, want to be understood and not stared at. I loved the brutal honestly of these parents and I shared in their heartache and triumphs.

    9. When you do the work that I do, no amount of attempting to understand how parents with special needs kids feel is too much. This book is a great one because it honestly and candidly takes you into the lives of parents through their own words. It's a quick read and one that I would recommend to any parent, special needs child or not!

    10. This book helped me realize that my new normal is a lot of parents' new normal. Can't think of a better title for a book about that which most parents don't want to discuss but which is as clear as the nose on our faces when our kids are differently-abled. Denise Brodey created a book that will forever sit in my library as one of my most doggie-eared resources.

    11. Love this book. I call it my "pseudo support group". It has helped give me hope and feel like I'm not alone in my struggles.

    12. When a special needs mom in the trenches needs a break from reading diagnostic and treatment books, she can read this book, and not feel so alone, and laugh and cry along with the parents in the book. Like a bowl of soup - it is not exciting or life changing, but rather comforting and, in a small way, necessary once in a while.

    13. It took me forever to read this book, because I took it one chapter at a time. This is a compilation of parents of special needs children telling their tales--struggles, victories, heartbreaks. At times I found this book uplifting, other times I felt like crying (and did cry!). There is something about hearing directly from parents who have been in the same trenches you have slogged through. Sometimes you just need to know you aren't the only parent experiencing these struggles. I highly recomme [...]

    14. Book ReviewThe Elephant in the PlayroomDenise BrodeyOrdinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About the Extraordinary Highs and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs The author's descriptive title fits the book perfectly. Through irreverancy and poignancy, bared-soul, raw-edged prose and digified tribute, Denise and her special group of parents have laid it all out for us to see: the Extraordinary Highs and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs, as they've ea [...]

    15. Book ReviewThe Elephant in the PlayroomDenise BrodeyOrdinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About the Extraordinary Highs and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs The author's descriptive title fits the book perfectly. Through irreverancy and poignancy, bared-soul, raw-edged prose and digified tribute, Denise and her special group of parents have laid it all out for us to see: the Extraordinary Highs and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs, as they've ea [...]

    16. This is a collection of non-fiction accounts from parents of children with Special Needs. There are various topic sections such as "deciding to medicate," "going public" and others on just dealing in general. The book slants heavily toward children with mental disabilities, such as Autism & ADHD, rather than kids with straight medical conditions such as cancer or what not. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that the author has a child with Autism. Many of the stories that were share [...]

    17. Thank God for this book - it's very comforting to read. It will not help you address your child's issues per se. It is a book of essays by parents with kids with special needs and it gives each parent's perspective on particular issues (such as what it's like to try to find the right school for your child and how great it can be when you finally do, the things that help their children, and how it feels to watch your child (or yourself) struggle with different types of situations). Even though my [...]

    18. Every pediatric therapist, every parent that has a child with special needs, and every OT, PT, or Speech student, has to read this book. And what the heck -- every teacher should read it, too, in order to gain a different perspective on the "bad" kids in their classrooms.Elephant in the Playroom is a compilation of stories shared by parents who are raising children with Sensory Processing Disorder, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, and Pediatric Mental Illness. It offers insight for parents and p [...]

    19. I'm currently reading this one and am about half way through. While I don't have a child with special needs I have worked with many such children and also have friends who have children with special needs. I felt that this book would be an interesting look at what these families face and at their triumphs. The book features many essays by different parents and does indeed offer insight. The writing itself varies based on who the writer is, but the stories are all compelling. The book sets itself [...]

    20. At out last MOPS meeting, the speaker spoke about how to help your children understand children with disabilities. It starts before that, however, with understanding disabilities myself. I have a number of friends who have children with disabilities, and I suppose you could say Eli and Emma have their own labels (ADD and selective mutism) --although they wear them quite loosely--and they do not change our lives to the extent of many of the diabilities highlighted in the book. It was enlightening [...]

    21. For the most part, the book was really helpful to me. My son is a special needs child, although his needs are not as substantial as some of the children from the book. I really liked the fact that it was parents speaking, not specialists. I have it up to my forehead with specialists right now, and I just wanted to know my feelings were normal and that I wasn't alone in my suffering. Reading the stories of the other parents and their challenges and coping strategies gave me hope. I realized that [...]

    22. As diverse as the showing was in this book, I still feel it's a little too limited. As the mother of a child with special needs, (a daughter with Down syndrome, a disorder not found in the book) I found this book focused on one "area" of need more than others. It tended to focus on ASD and mental illness as opposed to more generalized learning disabilities. While I can see how it could be helpful for other parents of children like the ones in this book, it's not an accurate picture of "special n [...]

    23. Of the books by parents of special needs children that I've read, this is by far my favorite. The writing is consistently good and the parents are honest about both their challenges and their feelings about being "special" parents. My only complaint is that the collection doesn't include a story about Down's Syndrome, which struck me as odd (are there really so few DS children being born now that the editors couldn't find even a single story?) The disabilities presented here are heavily skewed t [...]

    24. It took me a long time to read this bookbut not because it wasn't good, I'm just going through a period of not being into reading as much. AnywayI found this to be such an awesome book of writings from parents of children with a variety of disabilities. ADHD to CP to Bipolor to Autism. Just found this to be so honest and so heartrending and so touching. I would recommend this book to ALL people. When parents have children who do not fit the "mold" the last thing in the world they need is critici [...]

    25. This is a completely on target collection of very reader friendly essays that depicts another side of parenting that is so often not understood by those who will, fortunately, never experience raising children with emotional or behavioral disabilities. As a school principal of a K-12 school that specializes in working with these children and their families I would strongly recommend anyone planning on parenting, passing educational legislation, or passing judgement on families (parents or kids) [...]

    26. I found this book while searching for info regarding my son who is intellectually disabled. I didn't read this book cover to cover, just the parts that I felt would pertain to my situation or that sounded interesting or helpful, as this book covers a wide range of disabilities. I loved hearing from parents who were honest with the highs and lows they experienced. So many were able to beautifully put into words the way I feel yet have trouble expressing. Sometimes it's just nice to know that you [...]

    27. I happened to see this at the library and was really glad to have found it. It gives you insight into the lives of famlies who have a child with a disability. This book included essays written by parents who have children from a range of disabilities and how they each struggle and/or overcome struggles regardless of the magnitude of the disorder. Other books have a tendancy to focus on one disability - this one didn't. I have a different perspective towards the parents of the children I see.

    28. This is a must read for ANYONE who has a special needs child. I actually would like to encourage people who have friends or relatives with a special needs child to read this book. It is so hard to make people understand what our lives are really like and why I am not running around to playdates and preschool all the time. I have a 4 yr old that consumes most of my day. This is an excellent book of essays written by everyday people that have a child with a special need from autism to CP.

    29. I enjoyed this book a lot. It gave lots of insight as to what parents with special needs kids have to go through on a daily basis. It makes you think about your own kids weather they are "special" or not and makes you cherish them no matter what their situation may be. It also helps to give some ideas to those of us that do have children with special needs and reminds us that we are trulely their #1 advocate and teacher.

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