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If you're raising a child with disabilities on your own--solo parenting--whether by choice or circumstance, you'll find a wealth of support, affirmation, and practical ideas in this guide to living well.
This is the first book for solo parents whose kids have a wide variety of disabilities (physical, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric), and who are widowed, separated, divorced, single by choice, adoptive or foster parents, or military spouses with deployed partners.
In Going Solo, Laura Marshak skillfully weaves together extensive interviews and survey results of solo mothers and fathers (and grandparents, too) with reliable coping strategies gleaned from 25 years as a practicing psychologist and specialist in disability adjustment. The book's insightful personal narratives and the author's deconstruction of these to offer universal lessons--from the basic (e.g., practice mindfulness to de-stress) to the profound (e.g., cultivate gratitude as the antidote to resentment)--can help readers assess and transform their own lives for the better.
Agencies, extended family, and friends will want a copy of this book, too, to support the solos they care about.
Laura Marshak is a psychologist and professor whose career focuses on the quality of life and needs of parents raising children with disabilities.
"Practical, insightful, and very useful information for dads and moms going solo and other parents too! Exceedingly easy to read and digest and makes so much sense out of complicated issues. ALL parents raising children with special needs will benefit from Dr. Marshak's insights, as we all at some time have solo moments whether partnered or not. Already one of my favorite books!"
-Greg Schell, Director, Fathers Network
Kindering, Bellevue, Washington
"Going Solo has two things I love to see in a parenting book: a respectful appreciation for the wisdom that moms and dads can share with one another, and the kind of practical advice you can follow through on immediately. It's like a support group and a how-to all in one, and if you're raising a child with special needs alone, you'll appreciate that multitasking."--Terri Mauro, Parenting Special Needs
"A must read! This book does an excellent job describing the dynamics of solo parenting and highlights solo parents as the result of military deployments. Reading the inspirational and personal experiences recounted in the book will validate the many feelings of special-needs parents."--Elaine Daly-Rath, LMHC, NCC, Child & Family Therapist, Kailua, Hawaii and former EFMP Family Support Specialist, Travis AFB, Fairfield, CA
352 pages. 2015