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ERIC Number: EJ837231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Welcome to Holland: Helping Families Develop Resiliency
Knestrict, Thomas
Exceptional Parent, v39 n4 p36-39 Apr 2009
There is a famous piece of writing by Emily Pearl Kingsley in which she attempts to describe what it feels like to raise a child with special needs. She explains that it is like preparing for a trip to Italy. One learns the language and buys the travel books. One finds himself on the plane traveling to Italy, and suddenly, the trip is diverted to Holland. This change will require one to learn a new language, meet new people, and learn to appreciate the wonderful things Holland has to offer. Kingsley's writing has, over the years, evoked a wide range of responses from parents raising children with special needs. This author and his colleague, Dr. Deborah Kuchey, used the Kingsley article as a tool in a study they conducted over a period of one year that looked at the resiliency of families raising children with special needs. Based on the findings, they found that there were some very specific things families can do to be more resilient: (1) Make more money; (2) Reflect; (3) Observe rules, rituals, and routines; (4) Have a positive attitude and positive outward affect; (5) Exhibit tenacity; and (6) Live where services are available.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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