Special is an uplifting, candid companion for those in the early stages of navigating a child’s disability. Featuring antidotes to the obsessions at the forefront of a special-needs parent’s mind: Why has this happened to me? Will I ever stop comparing my child to typical children? How will my relationship survive? Should I have another baby? And the big one: What will my future look like?
Inspired by Melanie Dimmitt’s own crash-landing into special-needs parenthood, and shaped by her conversations with parents of children with wide-ranging disabilities, alongside specialists and researchers, Special shares real stories and expert guidance to soothe anyone whose life has taken an unexpected turn. Melanie Dimmitt’s debut is a ground-breaking insight into life as a special-needs parent.
“Special is so beautifully written, touching, helpful and insightful. I wish, wish, wish I had it 10 years ago! If I had known the joy and happiness being a special-needs mother would bring, my blanket of suffering would have been lifted. It’s going to be a lifesaver for special needs parents.” (Ondine Sherman)
“Raw, brave and compelling. This book airs a parent's most guilt-riddled thoughts and then turns them on their head.” (Mia Freedman)
“Bold, honest, sometimes funny and always illuminating without being didactic, Special will shatter your heart and put it back together again. This book will do much good in the world.” (Lee Kofman)