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'These powerful heart-rending stories are filled with honesty, humor, hope and offer inspiration to parents, teachers, and anyone else who cares for children with special needs. By embracing the magnificence, inner peace, and beauty each child possess, our own attitudes are shifted from despair to promise.' —Gerold G Jampolsky, M.D., Founder of International Center of A 'These powerful heart-rending stories are filled with honesty, humor, hope and offer inspiration to parents, teachers, and anyone else who cares for children with special needs. By embracing the magnificence, inner peace, and beauty each child possess, our own attitudes are shifted from despair to promise.' —Gerold G Jampolsky, M.D., Founder of International Center of Attitudinal Healing, Sausalito , California Raising a child with special needs is a lifelong commitment that is as unique as each person who embarks on it. Written by a variety of authors who share in this distinctive relationship, Chicken Soup for the Soul Children with Special Needs offers a glimpse into the lives of others who are on a similar path. These stories provide insight, comfort, and connection with others who have walked this powerful and transformational journey. The authors of these candid stories relate their own experiences of adjusting, reaching out, and flourishing and share their universal worries, their tears, and the laughter that come with this extraordinary relationship. Most important, through these stories, you will be guided with the wisdom of fellow parents, caregivers, and those with special needs to help you be the very best parent or caregiver you can be.


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'These powerful heart-rending stories are filled with honesty, humor, hope and offer inspiration to parents, teachers, and anyone else who cares for children with special needs. By embracing the magnificence, inner peace, and beauty each child possess, our own attitudes are shifted from despair to promise.' —Gerold G Jampolsky, M.D., Founder of International Center of A 'These powerful heart-rending stories are filled with honesty, humor, hope and offer inspiration to parents, teachers, and anyone else who cares for children with special needs. By embracing the magnificence, inner peace, and beauty each child possess, our own attitudes are shifted from despair to promise.' —Gerold G Jampolsky, M.D., Founder of International Center of Attitudinal Healing, Sausalito , California Raising a child with special needs is a lifelong commitment that is as unique as each person who embarks on it. Written by a variety of authors who share in this distinctive relationship, Chicken Soup for the Soul Children with Special Needs offers a glimpse into the lives of others who are on a similar path. These stories provide insight, comfort, and connection with others who have walked this powerful and transformational journey. The authors of these candid stories relate their own experiences of adjusting, reaching out, and flourishing and share their universal worries, their tears, and the laughter that come with this extraordinary relationship. Most important, through these stories, you will be guided with the wisdom of fellow parents, caregivers, and those with special needs to help you be the very best parent or caregiver you can be.

30 review for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs: Stories of Love and Understanding for Those Who Care for Children with Disabilities

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I'm not sure how to rate this. It's actually more of a 2.5. It's hard for me to rate this because Who in the world gives a TWO STARS to a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, for heaven's sake!? Chicken Soup for the Soul's are all the same model and format. And they follow that to appeal to a certain audience -- and they have been amazingly successful. I read a few as a teenager myself. So, I guess I knew that coming in, but despite my knowledge of the type of book -- and my predetermined idea that I I'm not sure how to rate this. It's actually more of a 2.5. It's hard for me to rate this because Who in the world gives a TWO STARS to a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, for heaven's sake!? Chicken Soup for the Soul's are all the same model and format. And they follow that to appeal to a certain audience -- and they have been amazingly successful. I read a few as a teenager myself. So, I guess I knew that coming in, but despite my knowledge of the type of book -- and my predetermined idea that I didn't want to read it...I did -- more for research sake I suppose. To see what's out there, you have to read what's out there...I guess. Perhaps I just need to stop reading books about special needs. Maybe it's all my problem here. When I read My Baby Rides the Short Bus, I felt it was too hard, too depressing, and too cyncical. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs was just too soft, too fluffy, and too chipper. Again, it follows the Chicken Soup format, so it works. But for me, the short stories of inspiration weren't enough. True, some of the stories were inspiring and uplifting. No question. But I had so many questions that a small page long story couldn't answer. Overall, inspiring, sure. But as a parent reading it, I felt it was too...happy? Oh, does that sound like I'm a miserable person or what?! As if I like to wallow in my self-pity or something.... Unreal. That's what it was. Because it was almost entirely happy, uplifting, and cheerful, I felt it was a little unreal and didn't give a good picture of the joys of special needs kids -- because afterall, we need to experience sorrow to experience joy. When it was all joy...it just seemed unrealistic. But, one more time, these books never claim to be more than a cheerful ray of sunshine, and if you read it a little here and a little there instead of novel style, it probably has a different effect.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Of all the Chicken Soup for the Soul books that I have read so far this one is perhaps the most heartwarming. These are stories of love and understanding for those that care for children with disabilities. I both have a brother with Down syndrome and teach children with disabilities so I could relate to the stories. I laughed and cried through many of the stories as the writers shared their joys and struggles, pain and laughter of caring for someone with a disabilty.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    I loved this book and will likely reread it as needed to help us with our daily routine(s) for our son with CP. While knowing that others are suffering is not a positive thing in and of itself, knowing that he is not alone and we are not alone is comforting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Felishia

    I really enjoyed the book, but i wish that there were more stories in there about physically disabled kids.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carley Adair

    This book was so inspiring . I loved this book it showed me anything is possible. I have autism myself and understand how the people in the stories felt .

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin Brady

    A must-read for any parent or teacher!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Sweet and heartfelt, like all the Chicken Soup books. My favorite stories were the limo ride for the special needs class, the disabled sister who became her "normal" sister's caretaker after an accident, Jim skipping class and Seth the Oregon Duck. Sweet and heartfelt, like all the Chicken Soup books. My favorite stories were the limo ride for the special needs class, the disabled sister who became her "normal" sister's caretaker after an accident, Jim skipping class and Seth the Oregon Duck.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    DNF

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I bought this book hoping to gain some insight into my mom's job, as she teaches students with both behavioral and medical issues, primarily autism. A lot of the stories in here focus on autistic children, which is a sign how prevalent the disorder is in today's world. While I didn't necessarily learn anything that I could pass on to my mom to help her deal with the stresses of her job, I found the stories very heartwarming. There are definitely good people out there who can see the bright side I bought this book hoping to gain some insight into my mom's job, as she teaches students with both behavioral and medical issues, primarily autism. A lot of the stories in here focus on autistic children, which is a sign how prevalent the disorder is in today's world. While I didn't necessarily learn anything that I could pass on to my mom to help her deal with the stresses of her job, I found the stories very heartwarming. There are definitely good people out there who can see the bright side of a potentially scary situation, dealing with one or more children who require special attention and energy from places you didn't know you had. I admire them all.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aastha

    I regret not owning a physical copy of this book as I'd love to set it aflame. I should have known what I was getting into though, as the series doesn't contain an edition for the disabled soul. Each story is framed from the carer's point of view,with the disabled people framed as either challenges to be overcome or paragons of virtue "blessed" with extraordinary chirpiness or patience or bravery or innocence. Break out your ablism bingo card and take a shot every time you get a square : you mig I regret not owning a physical copy of this book as I'd love to set it aflame. I should have known what I was getting into though, as the series doesn't contain an edition for the disabled soul. Each story is framed from the carer's point of view,with the disabled people framed as either challenges to be overcome or paragons of virtue "blessed" with extraordinary chirpiness or patience or bravery or innocence. Break out your ablism bingo card and take a shot every time you get a square : you might then be drunk enough to not defenestrate it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Princess

    I love the Chicken Soup books. Cheesy, I know. They never fail to make me cry and my husband doesn't understand why I would do this to myself. I do not have a special needs child myself, but I have worked with special needs children in the past, my niece has a heart defect and one of my daughter's closest friends has Down Syndrome. I really did enjoy this book. I learned more about autism and cerebral palsy. The stories were incredibly inspiring. I love the Chicken Soup books. Cheesy, I know. They never fail to make me cry and my husband doesn't understand why I would do this to myself. I do not have a special needs child myself, but I have worked with special needs children in the past, my niece has a heart defect and one of my daughter's closest friends has Down Syndrome. I really did enjoy this book. I learned more about autism and cerebral palsy. The stories were incredibly inspiring.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    It was a wonderfully insightful book with stories of hopes, dreams, accomplishments, and most of all, love and perseverance. I highly recommend the book to everyone, especially those that have SN kids, as to know you are not alone in this "normal" world. It was a wonderfully insightful book with stories of hopes, dreams, accomplishments, and most of all, love and perseverance. I highly recommend the book to everyone, especially those that have SN kids, as to know you are not alone in this "normal" world.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Luersman

    It's a Chicken Soup book, and it does its job as a Chicken Soup book - it's uplifting, motivational, heartwarming, etc. Just don't go into it thinking this is the book that will give you perspective on raising a special needs child. It's a tad more complicated than what these guys make it. It's a Chicken Soup book, and it does its job as a Chicken Soup book - it's uplifting, motivational, heartwarming, etc. Just don't go into it thinking this is the book that will give you perspective on raising a special needs child. It's a tad more complicated than what these guys make it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I cried, laughed, and beamed with pride after reading many of these stories. This definitely made me appreciate my students that much more and all of their stories.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    Encouraging and inspiring stories. A good book to read for those who care for children with special needs.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Renee Benoit

    full of fun stories of special needs children doing some interesting things guaranteed to make you laugh and smile. Things that parents of special needs children can really relate to.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is a great collection of stories about children with special needs. I really liked this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Heartwarming and inspiring.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Huot

    Having a nephew with Autism, I enjoyed reading this book and the many stories included. I enjoyed the ability to e-mail some of the authors and personally thank them for their story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Annie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicole De'sweetheart

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

  25. 4 out of 5

    Catie MacKrell

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erika

  27. 5 out of 5

    Roma

  28. 4 out of 5

    Javier G Armendariz

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nayla

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandi Burns

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