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Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples' Guide to Keeping Connected [Paperback]

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Pages   296
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.96 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 5, 2007
Publisher   Woodbine House
ISBN  1890627100  
EAN  9781890627102  

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At last, a guide that speaks to parents of kids with special needs about how to work on marital issues while juggling the demands of raising a child with a developmental disability, serious medical condition, or mental illness. The authors draw on their combined professional experience in marital counseling and parent training, as well as the experience and advice of hundreds of parents of children with special needs. The book looks at the ways in which a child with special needs can make it more difficult for a marriage to thrive and how a child's intensive needs can change the structure of a marriage. The authors examine many of the underlying stresses and common pitfalls ?a couple's differing coping mechanisms and expectations of a child, communication breakdowns and difficulties resolving conflicts, for example.

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More About Laura E. Marshak & Fran Pollock Prezant

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! In addition to raising three children, Laura E. Marshak is a professor of counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also maintains a private psychology practice and sees many parents of children with disabilities. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Laura E. Marshak currently resides in Pittsburgh. Laura E. Marshak has an academic affiliation as follows - Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Sensible, Comprehensive and Compassionate...  Sep 14, 2007
As the mother of two children with cystic fibrosis, I really resonated with this book. I saw my own marriage and our challenges on many of these pages.

We "special needs parents" have so much in common no matter what our diagnosis is. Lack of time and energy, high levels of frustration and unrelenting stress can take its toll on a marriage. This book explains the challenges and presents realistic strategies for overcoming them.

The authors are clearly experts in their field and have interviewed many couples who are "living it." It feels good to know that we are not alone in our struggles and that what we experience is normal given our, at times, overwhelming situation. Laura and Fran's deep compassion shines through their words and will change many lives.

For additional resources for raising special needs children, see the new book Parenting Children With Health Issues: Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Raising Kids With Chronic Illness, Medical Conditions, and Special Healthcare Needs
Utterly invaluable  May 12, 2007
Written by professor of counseling Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D. and speech/language pathologist and parent trainer Fran Pollock Prezant, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples' Guide to Keeping Connected is a valuable guide for married couples to adjusting to raising a disabled child. From techniques for communication and problem-solving, to making time for romance and sexual intimacy, to practical solutions for practical problems (information overload, financial issues, time constraints, fatigue, etc.), to stress management strategies, what to do when a marriage is seriously troubled, divorce and remarriage considerations, and much more, Married with Special-Needs Children is utterly invaluable in its nonjudgmental, serious-minded approach to coping with long-term, life-altering changes.
Excellent! Full of insight, practical advice, and inspiration.  Feb 20, 2007
This book is well-organized, well-written, full of excellent information, and inspires real hope. Hope for marriages that are struggling, and also hope for stable marriages that they can be even better. This book is so much more than the typical advice to "take time for yourselves," or "go on dates with your spouse." It's full of concrete suggestions and thought-provoking analogies that I read, and then re-read, because they really fit my life. This book surprised me by giving me more insight into my husband's mind-set, even after 6 years of parenting special-needs children. The focus of much of the book is problem solving, and successfully, even joyfully, adjusting to life with these special kids. The chapter on divorce considerations is very real, very practical, and goes way beyond what most books cover. All in all, this is a valuable resource for couples parenting special-needs children!

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