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Cindy Dowling, Neil Nicoll and Bernadette Thomas
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Lessons From My Child eBook

Parents' experiences of life with a disabled child

Cindy Dowling, Neil Nicoll and Bernadette Thomas

Every expectant parent dreams of having a healthy, ‘perfect’ baby. But for some, those expectations are shattered forever with the arrival of a disabled child. Long-cherished hopes must now be set aside as these parents begin to deal with a new, unwelcome reality and take the first tentative steps on a long and challenging life journey.

Lessons from my Child is a collection of stories gathered from parents of special-needs children from around the world. In their own words, these parents speak openly and honestly about raising a child with intellectual or physical disabilities – the sleepless nights, the long periods of sadness, the tiny triumphs and the ongoing battle to ensure that their child assumes his or her rightful place in the world. The stories are grouped into chapters that reflect the main stages of many parents’ journeys as they move from grief, denial and anger to a point where they can accept their situation, and perhaps see their child’s disability as embodying a profound life lesson. Each chapter begins with an expert psychological commentary on what parents may be experiencing at that stage.

These accounts from parents allow rare insights into the challenges of their world and reveal the extraordinary rollercoaster of emotions many face daily. What emerges is a testament to human determination and a powerful reaffirmation of the strength of love.

Lessons from my Child is a must-read book for anyone who knows and loves someone with special needs – but, more importantly, for the people that make up the communities our special families live in. It will give comfort to those who live with and love a child with a disability as it documents and exposes the range of highs and lows that is part of the journey. It tells it as it is, with love, humour and a refreshing honesty. 

Judy Brewer Fischer, Founder Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4), Chair, National Family Carers Voice


About the authors:

Cindy Dowling is an Australian freelance journalist and the mother of an autistic child.

Neil Nicoll, a psychologist in private practice in Sydney, specialises in developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder.

Bernadette Thomas, a publisher and an advocate for people with an intellectual disability, has a son with Down syndrome.



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