Just One of the Kids is designed to help parents focus not on what could have been but instead on what can be, so that they, their children, and the grandparents thrive as individuals and as a family. The advice from psychologists Kay Harris Kriegsman and Sara Palmer is valuable for any family with children who have a physical disability, from any cause. Their warm and encouraging book is full of family stories, tips, and tools.
Parents of children with physical disabilities can help them develop the skills needed to meet life's challenges and launch into independence. Parents, building on that foundation and acknowledging each person's contributions, interests, and aspirations, create an inclusive and resilient family.
Kay Harris Kriegsman, PhD, is a practicing psychologist, consultant on disability issues, and author of Taking Charge: Teenagers Talk About Life and Physical Disabilities. Sara Palmer, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. With Jeffrey B. Palmer, MD, they are coauthors of Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Living..
"The authors show families how to be pragmatic and inclusive when solving problems and setting expectations. The real family stories and personal experiences of the authors, one of whom has such a disability, create an intimate and nonjudgmental tone with a degree of optimism that parents are likely to appreciate. A valuable resource for families looking for encouragement as they try to create an inclusive environment for their child with a physical disability."--Library Journal.
"I would highly recommend Just One of the Kids as an addition to the library of any family that includes a child with a physical disability, as well as being a valuable resource to grandparents, extended family members, friends, and health care professionals who are part of this community."--Sandra E. James, Journal of Child and Family Studies.
"Your life is never the same after you become the parent of a child who has a physical disability. This book skillfully shows you how to tackle this new role with enthusiasm and confidence. Real-life stories relate how other families have learned to cope and adapt to the 'new normal.' Just One of the Kids gives straightforward, concrete advice on how to provide loving encouragement for everyone in your family. You too can build a resilient family whose children grow into independent, responsible adults."--Jill M. Hill, parent of nine children, one of whom has spina bifida, and one of whom has a severe disability.
"This is a book you will read, share, and read again. It focuses on the goal of all parents: to raise children who are capable, confident, and ready for adulthood. The authors' suggestions are practical, realistic, and illustrated by a variety of family stories."--Mary Beth Huber, director of program services, Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation.
240 pages. 2013