Item description for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs: Stories of Love and Understanding for Those Who Care for Children with Disabilities (Chicken Soup for the Soul) by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Karen Simmons & Heather McNamara...
Overview A selection of heartfelt stories provides insight, comfort, and connection with others who have walked the powerful and transformation journey of raising a child with special needs--a lifelong commitment that is as unique as each person who embarks on it. Original. 50,000 first printing.
'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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS #647
Series Chicken Soup for the Soul
ISBN 0757306209 ISBN13 9780757306204
Availability 0 units.
More About Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Karen Simmons & Heather McNamara
Behind the empire Time Magazine called the "publishing phenomenon of the decade" is America's leading expert in creating peak performance for entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, managers, sales professionals, corporate employees, and educators. Over the last 30 years, his compelling message, empowering energy and personable coaching style has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals achieve their dreams.
Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack has studied and reported on what makes successful people different. He knows what motivates them, what drives them, and what inspires them. He brings this critical insight to countless audiences internationally---sharing his success strategies in the media, with companies, universities and professional associations.
Jack is a Harvard graduate with a Master's Degree in psychological education and one of the earliest champions of peak-performance, developing specific methodologies and results-oriented activities to help people take on greater challenges and produce breakthrough results.
His proven formula for success reached global acclaim with his most recent National Bestseller, The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. This new standard in self-improvement contains 64 powerful principles for success utilized by top achievers from all walks of life and all areas of commerce. The Success Principles ---and the entire empire of "Principles" books, products, coaching programs and branded retail merchandise ---is Jack’s most recent offering to the more than 100 million readers he currently reaches worldwide.
Jack Canfield currently resides in Santa Barbara, in the state of California. Jack Canfield was born in 1944 and has an academic affiliation as follows - The Foundation for Self-Esteem.
Jack Canfield has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs: Stories of Love and Understanding for Those Who Care for Children with Disabilities?
Wow, it's amazing how quick I received this order. Nov 5, 2009
I am so excited to read this book and never dreamed it would come in 2 days! I ordered it on the 3rd and received it on the 5th. Speedy, professional and much less expensive than the big box stores.
Thanks so much.
Believing in the Possibility Aug 23, 2009
Each story in this book includes inspiration for all of us to realize we can make a positive difference regardless of our abilities. As I read the stories, my perspective of what is possible shifted, my gratitude for all people increased and my desire to reach out to others expanded. I recommend everyone reads the book to expand the vision of what is possible in our world.
Average person Aug 17, 2009
I am also a contributer to this wonderful book. I've read it cover-to-cover several times and remain proud to be a part of it. As a writer, when reading someone elses work, the highest compliment I can give is "I wish I had written that." I felt that way in this book many times.
One reviewer stated that she couldn't relate to the book even though she has children with special needs. . .that she felt the Chicken Soup people sent out a request and those with no connection wrote stories. I can't speak for others, but I write my stories long before I submit them anyplace. I write them because something has touched me, angered me, moved me, driven the story to be written. I suspect many other pieces were also written long before they were submitted or the request went out. I believe the folks at Chicken Soup understand writer's and know that we have coffers of work just waiting for a venue.
As for me. . .there are times I'm just not able to let in or embrace information right in front of me. . .for whatever reason. Maybe I'm just in a different place, or I'm sick of hearing it, or I'm just not in the mood. I wonder if this might be the case for some souls who deal with special needs children every single day. Are they looking for answers to which the question is unclear? I sure would be. I have invalid friends and I search for those same sort of answers daily. There are none. Only shared experiences which may or may not be welcome and may or may not help.
Yes, I've been in Chicken Soup books before. I'm proud of each of the stories I've shared, but there is something extra special about the "special needs" book because when I read those stories (including mine) I see the beautiful faces attached to them.
Very Mary M., Lansdale, PA
TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE with my (typical) daughter as we read this book together Aug 17, 2009
I am a contributor in this book, and I expected that all the other stories would be inspiring AND THEY HAVE BEEN! However, the biggest gift of all was the BONDING with my 11 year old (typically developing) daughter. After all the years I've spent reading her bedtime stories, she decided she wanted to read the stories out loud to me each night. She was very moved by the book. Observing the many different perspectives, it broadened her thinking and it helped her a lot in understanding how life challenges are different for every family. Over the course of the book, I saw how her compassion for others grew, and so did her self-compassion. It has helped her cope with some of the difficulties she has experienced being a sibling of a child with special needs. It was a wonderful thing to be a part of. We laughed and we cried - a lot! Having read this book together and talked about how many of the stories impacted us is something I will always treasure. And I see my girl growing into a strong and compassionate young woman with great leadership potential and a clear sense that a philosophy of inclusion is important in building a strong society where everyone gets to thrive.
Something for everyone in this book! Aug 17, 2009
Whenever I read a book review and someone says they are a contributor, I immediately find myself thinking, "Yep, a little bias there..." That, I believe, is a natural reaction. However, Chicken Soup books have so many contributors, and each writer offers just one small piece of the whole publication. I did write one of the stories in this book, but I invite you to consider my comments regarding the book as a fellow parent, caregiver, advocate, and/or special educator.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs includes stories that can warm the heart of anyone. Stories about perseverence, achievement, challenges, funny moments, and survival avail. As a mom to five kids (four with varying special needs including ADHD, tic disorders, limb difference, hypothyroidism, growth hormone deficiency and newly diagnosed myasthenia gravis), I can relate from that perspective. As a special educator, I appreciate the stories of others who are working alongside me to help children achieve their maximum potential. I've laughed at the humor shared by some of the writers, and cried over other stories. This book is more like "Chicken Stew"--a variety of flavors and textures all mixed together to create something special and unique. Just like the incredible kids you'll meet when you read it!
I have used this book as a gift to friends several times over. Many have told me how much they have enjoyed it, and that it's an especially good read while sitting in a waiting room or in the car while the kids are finishing up soccer practice. It would be ideal for a first time teacher or anyone who works with children. What a wonderful educational tool it could be for a high school class! Sharing these stories of triumph with teenagers just five minutes a day would help to dispel so many stereotypes. My 12 year old son read it cover to cover, and is now planning to go into the field of special education. He even took the book to camp with him to read at rest hour! Contact information is available for the reader to connect with those who wrote stories for this book. This is an especially nice resource for a parent or teacher who is dealing with a child with a low incidence disability.
There was a review posted earlier, in which the writer stated that some of the authors had been previously published by Chicken Soup. This is not because the company is soliciting writings from them--it's because the company is a pleasure to work with and very ethical. As a first time writer, I have nothing but accolades to share about this publisher! I imagine the writers go back again and again because of their positive experience, and so many have been touched and inspired by people with special needs.