We’ve talked about toys and alternative gifts for children with special needs. We’ve shared tips on surviving the holidays with your sanity sort of intact. But we haven’t talked about what you the parent wants on your holiday wish list. 

If you’re like me, you would like nothing more than a little bit of quiet time alone and maybe read a good book or listen to some tunes while you’ve got some time to enjoy yourself.

For some good, mellow tunes, I suggest downloading “Wild Animals” the latest album by progressive string band, Trampled by Turtles.

Then, put on your headphones and curl up with one of these four books you need on your holiday wish list. 

A Different Kind of Perfect: Writings by Parents on Raising a Child with Special Needs

If you enjoy reading our blogs because they are written by parents like you who have children with special needs, you will love this collection of writings by parents with children who have physical or cognitive disabilities. The writings explore the many stages of each parent’s journey, reflecting all the emotions that come with the learning that your and your child’s life will not be as you thought it would.  Each chapter begins with a special introduction by Neil Nicoll, a psychologist who specializes in development disorders.

Expecting Adam: A Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic by Martha Beck

There’s a reason Beck’s semiautobiographical tale is a bestseller and favorite among critics. Adam wasn’t the child she dreamed of, but his mother greets their new life with sass and determination.

My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids with Disabilities Edited by Yantra Bertelli and Sarah Talbot

Another anthology written by parents of children with disabilities, this one provides parents with a much-needed dose of laughter.

Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs

Finding resources to help guide us through parenting a child with special needs or disabilities is major challenge, which is why Philo put together this encouraging book of practical advice and guidance. DDP shares advice on how to ask questions and research to find the best available 

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