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The Elephant in the Playroom

Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About Raising Kids with Special Needs

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The Elephant in the Playroom by Denise Brodey
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A view from within the whirlwind of parenting a child with special needs 

Four years ago, Denise Brodey’s young son was diagnosed with a combination of special needs. As she struggled to make sense of her new, chaotic world, what she found comforted her most was talking with other parents of kids with special needs, learning how they coped with the emotional, medical, and social challenges they faced. 

In The Elephant in the Playroom, Brodey introduces us to a community of intrepid moms and dads who eloquently share the extraordinary highs and heartbreaking lows of parenting a child with ADD/ADHD, sensory disorders, childhood depression, autism, and physical and learning disabilities, as well as kids who fall between diagnoses. Hailing from Florida to Alaska, with kids ages three to thirty-three, the parents in this collection address everything from deciding to medicate a child to how they’ve learned to take care of themselves, offering readers comfort, kinship, and much- needed perspective.
Penguin Publishing Group; February 2008
256 pages; ISBN 9781440636905
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Title: The Elephant in the Playroom
Author: Denise Brodey
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The insight this book gave me into the lives of families of children with special needs. I only wish I would have read this book earlier! It will continue to be required reading in my college classroom!