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Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1991
This newsletter issue discusses time management techniques for parents of special needs children. Techniques include changing one's attitudes about perfection, prioritizing tasks, having a back-up plan, learning to say "no," asking for help, keeping things simple, hiring others, using waiting time wisely, and doing two things at once. Household…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Family Environment, Family Relationship, Holidays
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1990
Following the birth of a handicapped child, both parent and grandparent experience similar feelings of consternation, shock, and grief. The grandparents' reaction is double, however, as they suffer not only for the newborn but for their own child's pain as well. This article focuses on dealing with grief and its stages, including numbness, denial,…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Children, Disabilities, Family Life
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1990
This article aims to strengthen the ability of parents of special needs children to function as stronger, more resilient parents by developing coping mechanisms. Coping mechanisms include allowing oneself to cry, dealing with anger, determining objectively the reasons for the anger, using anger constructively, finding support, becoming flexible,…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Coping, Disabilities, Parent Child Relationship
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1990
This newsletter offers practical guidelines to parents of children with special needs of ways to get the school year off to a good start. Such children's school-related worries as fears of getting lost or of not making friends are noted. Specific suggestions are offered to help in the areas of school separation, making friends, and school…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent School Relationship
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1990
This newsletter issue focuses on ways parents can manage the difficult child with special needs. Characteristics of the difficult child are listed including poor listening skills, irritableness, impulsivity, and tendency to have tantrums. Typical reactions to the difficult child by parents, siblings, other relatives, neighbors, the school, and…
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Problems, Child Rearing, Elementary Secondary Education
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1989
The newsletter issue offers parents suggestions for managing the special child's behavior during infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. For each stage, typical behavior is described and suggestions are phrased as "do's and don'ts." Guidance for dealing with problems includes having a professional evaluation of…
Descriptors: Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), Adolescents, Behavior Problems, Child Development
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1989
This newsletter issue focuses on toys, games, and activities that entertain special needs children and sharpen their ability to think, speak, and play with others. Play is beneficial to special children as it develops their creativity, helps them explore their environment, allows them to socialize, and provides opportunities for them to act out…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Disabilities, Educational Games, Elementary Secondary Education
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1989
This article discusses how to determine the learning style of a child with learning problems and how to use the information to maximize the child's potential. Assessing the child's learning style begins with close observation in a variety of settings, which provides a generalized idea of the child's behavior. This is followed up by categorizing…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Learning Disabilities
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1989
The newsletter article examines the impact of a handicapped child on siblings and offers parents suggestions for handling sibling relationships effectively. The article notes differences in the emotional adjustment process between older and younger siblings of a handicapped child. This report also explains typical sibling reactions of regression,…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Disabilities, Emotional Adjustment, Interpersonal Relationship
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1989
The newsletter article provides parents of children with disabilities guidance on finding a doctor, communicating effectively with him, seeking a second opinion, and accepting responsibility in their special child's patient-doctor relationship. The article identifies both formal and informal methods of finding a doctor and gives suggestions for…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Disabilities, Medical Services, Parent Role
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1989
The presence in the family of a child with a disabling condition frequently creates or intensifies stress between husband and wife. By forging and strengthening marital bonds and creating an environment that fosters teamwork, openness, and caring, the marriage partnership will be a source of support and renewal. Reactions to the birth of a baby…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Disabilities, Family Life, Family Relationship
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1990
The role of school-related stress in the life of the disabled child is examined, and parents and teachers are given suggestions to reduce stress and help the child cope. Stress is defined as the emotional and physical reaction to the pressures that society places upon the child to conform and live up to expectations. Among sources of stress are…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Coping, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1988
The newsletter issue for parents of handicapped children looks at ways to help the handicapped child improve his self-esteem. Sections discuss symptoms of low self-esteem, patterns of behavior (such as withdrawal, acting out, avoidance, overcompensation, perseveration, and social immaturity); and ways to improve self-esteem including encouraging…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Child Rearing, Disabilities, Parent Child Relationship
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1988
This issue addresses the relationship between teachers and parents of handicapped children. It explores how barriers to an effective parent-teacher relationship arise and how best to work toward a better relationship, one in which parents can positively influence the teacher's involvement with them and, in turn, one in which the teacher can…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Attitudes
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne – Special Parent/Special Child, 1987
The newsletter's main article focuses on hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder. The causes of hyperactivity, which affects 3-5 percent of all children, are elusive but may include neurological immaturity, inherent genetic problems, or fetal exposure to harmful substances. Patterns of behavior that typify a hyperactive child include a short…
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Drug Therapy, Elementary Secondary Education
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