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The Special Needs Child
By Robin Hilborn
First edition, 2003
SPECIAL NEEDS ADOPTION
Raising our children of many hurts
Accepting your child's special needs
Definitions: A-Z of special needs adoption
ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME
Recognize FAS, and take action
Learning about FAS: a light goes on
Fantastic Antone Succeeds: book review
Resources for FAS
SENSORY INTEGRATION DYSFUNCTION
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In this edition of Post-adoption Helper the spotlight falls on six major "special needs" which adoptive parents may encounter in their children: attachment disorder, attention deficit disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, institutionalization, learning disabilities and sensory integration dysfunction.
For each disorder I've provided background articles covering things like symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and I conclude with a page of resources you can call on for that disorder -- web sites, articles, books, therapists and organizations.
I've included a two-page glossary. It's an A-Z of disorders and syndromes: 18 definitions from Abuse to Tourette Syndrome.
Parenting adopted children with special needs can be a demanding and stressful undertaking. Love alone isn't enough -- you'll also need special parenting strategies and outside help.
I hope the information in this edition will help you find your way.
In 1997 Jennifer Smart, editor of Post-adoption Helper, received an Ontario Adoption Award from the Adoption Council of Ontario for her work on behalf of adoption causes.
In 2001 Robin Hilborn received an Adoption Activist Award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children for "dedicated work in making adoption information more accessible and providing materials for post-adoptive support".
Robin Hilborn edits and publishes Adoption Helper and Post-adoption Helper.
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