Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DVD and book review: Parenting Children with Health Issues and Special Needs

Last month I wrote a post about my interview with Lisa Greene, co-author of Parenting Children with Health Issues and Special Needs.  In just a brief phone conversation, she gave me a number of ideas and tips that have greatly helped reduce the stress here in my house and that have made my interactions with my son, Ethan, much better.  So I was really looking forward to learning more about the resources that Lisa has been involved with, especially the Parenting Children with Health Issues and Special Needs (condensed version) book, and the Parenting Children with Special Medical Needs DVD. Here's a bit about these two resources, from the Parenting Children with Health Issues website:
Special parenting skills are needed to raise kids
with special needs. 

Whether your child has ADD, allergies, asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, Down syndrome, developmental delays, an eating disorder, hemophilia or any other special need, you'll find essential parenting skills to help your child cope well with challenges, comply with medical requirements and live a hope-filled life.

Our resources will give you practical and compassionate answers as you learn effective ways to communicate with children of all ages. 

Love and Logic ® for Children with Special Healthcare Needs  

Foster W. Cline, MD is a well known child psychiatrist and co-creator of the popular Love and Logic parenting approach. Lisa C. Greene is the mother of two children with cystic fibrosis and a parenting educator.
Together, they have adapted Love and Logic's powerful- yet simple- parenting tools to the special challenges of raising children with chronic illness, medical conditions and other special needs. Resources include an award-winning book, audio, video, live and web-based support. Their message is "You can do it!"

/i/IMG_2443FIX2_Small2.JPG  You'll discover how to:

- Motivate children to make wise choices about food and medication.
- Promote responsibility without nagging, lecturing or bribing.
- Answer your child's tough questions about their special needs.
- Empower your child to make wise self-care decisions.
- Avoid power struggles and other common parenting traps.
- Handle refusal to take medication and do medical treatments.
- Avoid the dangers of over-protection or helicopter parenting.
- Prepare your child for the transition to independence.
- Navigate sibling, family and couple relationship challenges.

Although the condensed version of the book (of course) does not contain all of the information presented in the full Parenting Children with Health Issues book, I felt like I really learned a lot and when I finished reading it, I was more equipped to deal with the situations that I deal with with Ethan.  Depending on the situation/health concern that you are dealing with in your family, some aspects of the book may be more relevant than others, but in general it presents situations and ideas meant to help families dealing with diabetes, cystic fibrosis, allergies, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, mental illness and learning difficulties (to name a few).

I thought the Parenting Children with Special Medical Needs DVD was also really informative and helpful. A lot of the information was the same as in the book, but it was nice to see it on screen and hear the experts talk about different situations. Again, different parts of the DVD were more relevant to me than others, given the specifics of our situation and the age of my son, but everything was educational and very interesting.

The Parenting Children with Health Issues website is a great resource if you're facing any sort of chronic health issue with your child. At the site you can purchase the books and DVD that I've mentioned here, but you can also find a lot of free information for both parents and professionals.  I've found the information that I've gotten from Parenting Children with Health Issues to be a huge encouragement and support to me, and I know I will be returning to this website and these resources often in the future.

Disclosure: I received the booklet and DVD discussed in this post to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.