Book Review: Jenny & Her Dog both fight cancer

Jenny and Her Dog

 

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Jenny & Her Dog both fight cancer is a journey that the reader shares with Jenny, a young girl that is diagnosed with cancer.  She learns that her dog Dolly is also struggling with cancer.

Jenny shows strength and empathy towards Dolly and vows to be by her side just as Dolly has been there for her.   The story is compassionate while it expresses how cancer affects children and dogs.

The book was illustrated by fiber artist Claudia Marie Lenart.  Each page is beautifully created using knitted fibers to achieve realistic- looking animals and dolls.  The artist has also illustrated Hansel & Gretel:  A Fairytale with a Down Syndrome Twist. To see more of Claudia’s work please visit her website:  www.ClaudiaMarieFelt.com

The book was written by award-winning author Jewel Kats.  Jewel has been recognized for her ability to write wonderful stories that focus on the world of individuals with disabilities.  For more information on other books written by Jewel please visit www.JewelKats.com.

To view other great titles for special needs visit the Loving Healing Press website at www.lovinghealing.com

Book Review: Roar Like A Lion

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Roar Like A Lion is a chapter book written for all ages.  The story introduces the reader to Missy Barrett who has autism.  She takes a trip to the zoo with her older cousin Alana and opens up about a problem she is having at school.

The book discusses the challenges that people with autism have to face.  Throughout the story Missy talks about her love of animals and how she thinks animals could have autism but don’t have to struggle with being bullied.

This book is a great story to teach children the challenges of autism and how bullying affects people.

Roar Like A Lion was written by Elyse Bruce who has also written Missy Barrett Adventures, Missy Barrett Conversations and Missy Barrett Year in Review.  For more information about Elyse Bruce’s books please go to www.missybarrett.wordpress.com.

 

*I received a free copy of the book to review. There was no compensation.  The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

Book Review: A Manual for Marco

A Manual for Marco

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A Manual for Marco is a wonderful story of an eight-year-old girl who decides to create a list of special and not-so-special qualities about her brother who has autism spectrum disorder.

This book does an amazing job of explaining through the eyes of a younger sister how autism affects her life.  It explains specific ways to cope with the challenges of autism and how others can learn about the disorder too.

I would highly recommend A Manual for Marco.  It is a well-illustrated book and sends a good message to children about how people with autism have special qualities in their own unique way and are still an important part of the family.

My son has many of the characteristics that are described in this book and I know this will help my youngest son understand why his older brother has so many challenges.  This book is a must read for anyone that has children with siblings.  It is written in the voice of a child and can help siblings and friends understand why some things can be so difficult for someone with autism.

A Manual for Marco was written and illustrated by award-winning author and designer Shaila Abdullah.  Additional artwork by 12-year-old artist Iman Trejpar is included in the book.

For more information on all of Shaila Abdullah’s books please visit www.ShailaAbdullah.com.

Hansel & Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down Syndrome Twist

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Most people remember the classic story of Hansel and Gretel but Jewel Kats’ version brings a new twist by adding a character with Down syndrome. This new character portrays kindness, determination and wisdom, characteristics that many do not associate with someone with Down syndrome.

Both children and adults will benefit by reading this story to learn that even though someone has a disability it does not mean that they can’t do great things.  People should be viewed for their abilities not their disabilities.

The illustrations were created by fiber artist Claudia Marie Lenart.  Her work is beautiful and so unique in this children’s book.  I found myself looking at the detail on each page to appreciate all the work that was put into each creation.  For more information on Claudia’s work please visit www.claudiamariefelt.com

The book was written by award-winning author Jewel Kats.  Jewel has been recognized for her ability to write wonderful stories that focus on the world of individuals with a disability.  For more information on other books written by Jewel please visit www.JewelKats.com.

To view other great titles for special needs visit the Loving Healing Press website at www.lovinghealing.com

Smart but Scattered Teens

Smart but Scattered Teen

 

Executive Skills are areas such as decision making, strategic planning and information management.  Executive skills are an important function to handle daily tasks or problems to live independently.  Smart but Scattered Teens written by Richard Guare, PhD, Peg Dawson, EdD, and Colin Guare is an informative guide for parents that are searching for a solution for their struggling teen.

Smart but Scattered Teens explains how the brain develops from birth to adolescence.   It gives good examples of what kind of teen you have and what type of parenting style you use.

The book gives great strategies for your teen to develop skills and how you as the parent can make changes to your daily life to help teach your teen to live independently.

I would highly recommend Smart but Scattered Teens for anyone that has a child that is struggling with daily functioning.  I do not have a teenager yet but I can see many deficiencies in my son’s executive skills.  I believe using the strategies from this book will help him with his executive skills and become more independent.

What do you use to help your Body?

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Many children are curious about people with disabilities.  What do you use to help your Body is a great book to introduce to children to help explain how many people have disabilities and need to use devices to work and play.

Maggie spends the day with her mom meeting people in the neighborhood that are not only from different cultures but also use different devices to help them during their day.

The book was written by award-winning author Jewel Kats.  For more information on other books written by this author please visit www.JewelKats.com.  To view other great titles for special needs visit the Loving Healing Press website at www.lovinghealing.com.

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

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Dyslexia is a neurological condition that can cause difficulty in reading, writing and spelling.  The Big Picture:  Rethinking Dyslexia is a film that introduces many to the unknown world of dyslexia.  The film explains how dyslexia affects daily life but does not stop those with it from being successful.

Many with dyslexia may not be able to spell well or read fast but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t creative or problem solvers.  The film includes interviews with businessman, politicians, lawyers and doctors discussing how they overcame their challenges with dyslexia.

I really enjoyed the film and felt more informed about dyslexia.  I knew about all the stereotypical characteristics such as mixed letters but I learned that dyslexia is very unique to each person.  The interviews with the doctors, lawyers, politicians and businessmen surprised me that someone so successful could have a learning disability.  I think it brings great hope to many that are struggling with dyslexia and it should break the stigma that those with dyslexia aren’t smart or creative.

I would highly recommend The Big Picture:  Rethinking Dyslexia to anyone that wants more information on dyslexia or suspects that they or someone they know may have dyslexia.  For more information on the film, please go to www.thebigpicturemovie.com.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

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Autism spectrum disorder is a group of developmental disorders that can affect communication, social interaction and behavior.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, written by award-winning author Ellen Notbohm gives the reader an opportunity to understand how many with autism struggle with daily challenges.

The author discusses ten ways that autism can affect a child which includes how the senses can affect behavior and how using the correct forms of language and communication are critical in reducing confusion and meltdowns.  The author encourages the parent to investigate their child’s behavior and discover the underlying cause instead of reacting to the behavior the child is demonstrating.

This book is not only a great resource for parents but also for friends and family to give them a better understanding of what a child with autism is experiencing.

I highly recommend Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew.  This book is a great tool for every parent that has received an autism diagnosis for their child or for those that would like a better understanding of the struggles one with autism experiences. For more information about the book or the author please visit www.ellennotbohm.com.

Film Review: Our Beautiful Secret

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Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.  Thirty years ago the Peavey family was told that their son would not live past his first birthday due to his severe disability.  Little did those physicians know that Jonathan Peavey would not only live but go on to participate in marathons and other races.

Our Beautiful Secret is a wonderful documentary created by Angela Peavey demonstrating how Jonathan beat the odds and inspired his family and others in the community with his special personality.

The documentary shares stories of the family’s challenges as well as interviews with community members who have been privileged to know Jonathan.

I would highly recommend Our Beautiful Secret for anyone interested in one family’s journey with cerebral palsy.  For more information on the documentary please visit www.ourbeautifulsecretmovie.com

*I received a free copy of the film to review. There was no compensation. The  opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

Loving Andrew: A Fifty-Two-Year Story of Down Syndrome

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Down Syndrome is a condition in which the person has an extra chromosome and can cause developmental delays and major medical problems.  Romy Wyllie was 26 years old when she had her son Andrew in 1959 and discovered that he had Down Syndrome.  In those days most women were told that their child had died when in fact they were sent to live in an institution.  This occurred to Romy Wyllie but her husband Pete refused to tell his wife that their son had died.  They chose to bring their son home.

Loving Andrew:  A Fifty-Two-Year Story of Down Syndrome is an incredible book written by his mother Romy Wyllie.  She tells of her son’s challenges and triumphs throughout his life.  She discusses her feelings of raising a child with Down Syndrome and shares how her son was at the forefront of improving the community’s attitude toward one with a disability.

The reader learns how many things have improved since the 1950s for those with a disability.  In the past people with disabilities were seen as a burden on their families. Most professionals gave a bleak outlook for children with Down syndrome.    Romy Wyllie and her husband tried to give their son Andrew as many opportunities as their other two children and incredibly he prospered and grew past everyone’s expectations.

The book was very emotional for me at times.  I found myself in tears when I read that Andrew had accomplished things that his parents were told he never would and I found myself in tears when he had to go through very difficult medical issues.  I would highly recommend Loving Andrew:  A Fifty-Two-Year Story of Down Syndrome for anyone that would like more information about Down Syndrome and how one family would not let their son’s disability define him.