Your Child Has a Disability
Mark L. Batshaw, M.D.
Reviewer: Allison Martin
If you are the parent of a child who has multiple special needs or are
looking for a scholarly and readable introduction to children's disabilities,
then When Your Child Has a Disability is a "must read"
resource. I especially recommend it to parents of children born premature,
as so many of the special needs discussed in this book affect preemies.
Parents of adopted children with special needs will find this a valuable
resource, as well. Relevant and reliable, it is the most comprehensive
overview for parents of children with special needs that has been published
When Your Child Has a Disability covers four major areas -
Getting the Diagnosis, Growing Up with a Disability, Developmental
Disabilities, and a brief section called What the Future Holds.
Each chapter in these sections is authored by an experienced practitioner
in the field. They provide an concise overview for each subject, an explanation
of the terminology, and a number of practical suggestions for your child.
The section on Growing Up with a Disability covers topics vital
to parents of children with special needs, such as nutrition and feeding,
dental care, and encouraging appropriate behavior. Specific disabilities
are covered in the Developmental Disability section, including
many disabilities linked to prematurity. Twelve developmental disabilities
are addressed - cerebral palsy, hearing loss, autism, mental retardation,
visual impairment, communication disorders, learning disorders, down syndrome,
genetic syndromes, spina bifida, and epilepsy.
Dr. Mark L. Batshaw, has been a developmental pediatrician for over 25
years, and is an expert in the area of inborn metabolism. In addition
to years of experience, he brings impressive credentials to the book,
including Chairman of Pediatrics at The George Washington University Schoool
of Medicine and Health Sciences, Director of Children's Research Institute,
and CAO of Children's National Medical Center.
A well rounded resource like this has been needed for parents for a long
time, and Dr. Batshaw has done an remarkable job at fulfilling this need.
Crucial topics are covered which are rarely addressed adequately, but
are vital to children with special needs - for example, feeding, visual
impairment, teeth and dental care. One of the unique features of the book
is the references to prematurity risks and adoption scattered throughout
For parents of children who have special needs (or are "at risk"
for developmental disabilities), When Your Child Has a Disability
is invaluable. No other book comes close for educated, practical coverage
of developmental disabilities, and accompanying special needs, in children.
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