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The Elephant In The Playroom

Three years ago, magazine editor Denise Brodey's precocious four-year-old son, Toby, was diagnosed with a combination of sensory integration dysfunction and childhood depression. Struggling to make sense of her new, often chaotic, often lonely world, the thing she found most comforting was talking with other, hopeful, and insightful parents of kids with special needs, and learning how they coped with the feelings they encountered throughout the day. In The Elephant in the Playroom, parents from across the country write in an honest and intimate way about the joyful highs and disordered lows of raising children who are 'not quite normal'. Laying bare the emotional, medical, and social challenges they face, these stories address issues ranging from if and when to medicate a child, to how to get a child who is overly sensitive to the texture of food to eat lunch. Eloquent and honest, the voices in this collection will provide solace and support for the millions of parents whose kids struggle with ADD, ADHD, sensory disorders, childhood depression, Asperger's syndrome, and autism, as well as the many kids who fall between diagnoses. Author: Denise Brodey Pages: 256



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