Publisher description for Changed by a child : companion notes for parents of a child with a disability / Barbara Gill.


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Counter For years as she raised her son with Down syndrome, Barbara Gill wished for a book to help her in times of difficulty and doubt, a book that would confirm her instincts and reassure her that she could do the job.  In Changed by a Child, Gill shares her journey with all parents of a child with a disability.  In simple stories of faith, courage, fear, and forgiveness, Gill describes what parents feel with honesty, integrity, and grace, and addresses with clarity the range of issues they encounter.  In these short passages, Gill finds the universal in the particular and offers parents the salve of true understanding.  In words that are direct and true and realistic and buoyant, Changed by a Child invites parents to take a moment for themselves and find in its pages recognition of their reality, affirmation of their dreams, and praise for their efforts.

A book to read over and over, a constant source of reassurance, understanding, and hope, Changed by a Child is the book every parent will reach for in the middle of the night.  



Barbara Gill is a writer, attorney, and disability consultant.  She works actively for disability rights and makes frequent presentations to professional and disability organizations.  She has served as a special assistant attorney general for Minnesota, and practiced in the areas of mental health, disability, criminal, and welfare law.  She lives with her husband and two sons in Minneapolis.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Parents of children with disabilities Psychology, Parents of children with disabilities Attitudes, Affirmations