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Downs: the history of a disability

January 15, 2012

Author David Wright is a Canadian professor at McGill University in the field of medical history; he also happens to have a sister with Down syndrome.  From the prologue where Wright describes childhood in the 60s with his sister to the journey he takes us on through several hundred years of social change, Downs: the history of a disability is a [...]

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More than a Mom

June 25, 2011

Last week I blogged about the need to take a break once in a while, and the authors of More than a Mom understand this need as well as the many others that accompany raising a child with a disability.  Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett have children with autism and Asperger syndrome respectively, and they wrote this book after noting that [...]

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The Four Walls of My Freedom

May 30, 2011

Three months after Donna Thomson delivered her son Nicholas, life as she knew it changed forever.  After months of wondering why Nicholas was not developing like typical babies, doctors informed her that he had cerebral palsy and would “never be normal”.  The Four Walls of My Freedom is a memoir about her experience parenting a [...]

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The Baby Signing Book: includes 350 ASL signs for babies & toddlers

May 7, 2011

  When I mention that we use sign language with our daughter, people often ask me how we learned it.  I’ll just clarify that we  know quite a few everyday words, but we are by no means able to sign fluently.  The most we string together is about 2-3 signs.  Therefore, it has been easy [...]

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Raising a Kid with Special Needs: the complete Canadian guide

April 28, 2011

Last week I reviewed Babies with Down Syndrome: a new parent’s guide and mentioned that the one element that Canadian parents might miss was reference to Canadian laws and services.  Well, I have found the perfect companion guide that will help answer all those Canadian questions and more! Raising a Kid with Special Needs is an excellent [...]

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Babies with Down Syndrome: a new parents’ guide

April 22, 2011

  First published in the 1980s, Babies with Down Syndrome appeared in its third edition in 2008.  The cover calls it: “The complete, compassionate guide to your child’s first five years”, and the book does not disappoint.  It is an excellent reference guide for parents who are raising a child with Down syndrome, and the new edition offers [...]

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March 25, 2011

After my daughter was born, one of my mother’s sisters found the book Gifts and purchased several copies to send to the women in my family, including my sisters, my mom, and another aunt.  Gifts is a collection of heartfelt essays by mothers of children with Down syndrome.  As the title suggests, the overall premise of the book [...]

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Road Map to Holland

February 18, 2011

Shortly before my daughter was born in 2008, the book Road Map to Holland by Jennifer Graf Groneberg was published.  A gift from my sister, I wasn’t really able to pick it up until a few months after the day that changed our lives.  With this book, I discovered what I’ll call the “special needs [...]

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