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Just One of the Kids: Raising a resilient family when one of your children has a physical disability

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Title: Just One of the Kids: Raising a resilient family when one of your children has a physical disability

Authors: Kay Harris Kriegsman and Sara Palmer

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Reviewer: Emma Connolly, children’s and young peoples student nurse, University of Salford

What was it like?

To begin with, this book explores different families that have children who have a physical disability from finding out the news to bringing their child home. From a student nurse’s perspective one major advantage of this book is that personal and family scenarios are continuously used throughout the book. In addition, not only does the book look at a parent’s perspective but it also considers a wider family perspective such as siblings and grandparents. Another advantage of this book is that it gives the reader tips throughout each chapter such as storing the child’s medical records within a safe place for future reference. Furthermore at the back of this book there is a handy resources list that the reader can refer to for further help and assistance with regards to raising a child with a physical disability.

What were the highlights? 

One major highlight of this book is how each chapter of the book is personal to a different family or set of individuals. The book engages well with the reader as it can be quite personal at times especially with the use of names and quotations. As mentioned within the title of the book, parents may be the largest audience for this book and with the book being written on such a personal level appropriate language has been used instead of clinical jargon. 

Strengths & weaknesses:

From first glance at this book the cover is bright and vibrant, which immediately attracts and intrigues the reader. There is a clear and concise content’s page, with legible text style and sizing. However one weakness throughout this book is the lack of images and detailed charts that may entice the reader by providing visual illustrations as well as relevant literature.

Who should read it?

This book is ideal for any parents or carers who are caring for children with physical disabilities. In addition many healthcare professionals such as student and registered nurses may also find this book beneficial to professional practice as their knowledge and competence may increase when working with patients and their families. It would be an ideal learning resource to have within a ward or community setting as the book is easy to read with relevant supporting literature.


Just One of the Kids

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