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Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Raising a Child with a Disability Paperback – 11 Jan 2001

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'Writing with the wisdom of a mental health professional and the compassion of a loving father, Dr Naseef has given us a book that will instruct and inspite us all.' -Rabbi Harold Kushner author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People; 'His book, like a good friend, made me feel less alone.' -Jennifer Graham, Action! Pa Council for Exceptional Children; 'I think we have a lot to share about the meaning of our lives together, Tariq. It can be so full and rich amid all the difficulties. It will never fit completely in any book. It's a matter of the heart.' -From the Prologue

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
An honest look at the grief a special needs parent feels. 22 Jan. 2003
By Lisa R. Simmons - Published on
Format: Paperback
Usually when I review a book, I'm looking for one that's reader-friendly (a quick read, written in understandable language, and offering practical ideas). By that definition, this book may not fit. Is "Special Children, Challenged Parents" written in
understandable language? Yes. Does it offer practical ideas? Definitely. Will it be a quick read? Probably not. You see, Dr. Naseef's book is going to touch your emotions. This is perhaps the most honest book I have ever read on the grieving process of parents struggling to accept and raise a child with special needs. By sharing his own story and those of other parents he has interviewed and worked with, Dr. Naseef discusses why this process is so hard and what parents can do to survive the process and come out on the other side. But perhaps Dr. Naseef's most valuable contribution is his message for fathers. Fathers very rarely fit comfortably into the role of fathering a child with special needs and Dr. Naseef's unique
qualifications as both a father and a psychologist have given him rare insights to help other Dads facing this challenge. This may not be an "easy read", but if you're a parent struggling with your emotional responses to your child -- it is definitely a "must read".
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Away from the Trenches? 27 Feb. 2004
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Format: Paperback
This book is a good, basic book outlining the grief process and other major common emotional issues in raising a child with a disability. However, as the mother of an autistic child who is with her child 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, I can't help but wonder about the authenticity of the author's personal experience "parenting" an autistic child, as his own autistic child has been institutionalized for a huge segment of his life while the author went on to have more children and a very normal homelife. It feels to me like the man "skipped out" on the real experience of raising his autistic son himself and elected to become a part-time parent to the child, then felt himself capable of writing a book about it. I find it hard to believe that he truly understands the day to day life of a full-time parent of an autistic child, given his own choices, however "right" they may have been for his son.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A very thoughtful book on special needs kids and families 19 Jan. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
I am a psychologist who works with children and families, many of whom are grappling with difficult issues related to a medical condition, behavioral problem, or learning disability. This book provides sound advice written in plain English from a psychologist whose son is autistic. I have recommended Dr. Naseef's book to a number of my clients because of how thoughtfully he combines his own story with a practical guide for parents and others who care for a child with special needs. A wide range of issues are covered, and all are essential. A great find on Amazon- thanks!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Know a child with special needs? This book's for you. 19 Jan. 1999
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As a parent of a medically fragile child with special needs, Dr.Naseef's book has been a wonderful resource for me, my wife, and our family and friends. The author's experience as a father of a special child of his own and as a psychologist shine through its pages. This book is a must read for parents, teachers, medical professionals, caregivers, and others whose lives are touched by a child with special needs. Full of practical strategies for coping, from the initial grief to working effectively with medical and educational professionals, to staying together as a family. It's not easy explaining to our friends and family how we stay positive while faced with so many challenges -- Special Children, Challenged Parents has been a great help to us and the people who are close to our son.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
a gentle mix of memoir and advice 2 Jan. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
Robert Naseef clearly understands the complex range of issues that accompany raising a special child. He is a gentle father and husband, and he interweaves the story of his own son's battle with autism into the lives of others he meets and counsels along the way. He offers plenty of good advice here about how to maintain one's sanity, health and marriage while still doing all one can and should for one's special child.
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