Many parents will recognise the situations she describes and will gain good advice and a feeling of solidarity and empathy.
Usefully, she explains for new parents how to leek out for early signs that things aren't quite right, again drawing on her own experiences of seeing her child struggle to sit up well, demanding constant strong swaddling, rolling rather than crawling, and failing to meet certain developmental milestones. Campito reminds us that there is no sudden notification point, instead, special needs emerge over time. There is also useful detail of how to tackle child misbehaviour, moving from interruption of the behaviour, taking on opportunity to consider the consequences, and reflection on patterns of behaviour.
Campito writes with a mother's passion and perseverance, recognizing the strains put on the family and on relationships. Her message that, `the special needs are something your child has. They are not the sum total of your child', resonates throughout the book and repeatedly stresses that her children are just `regular children' with some additional needs. She gives practical advice on coping with emotions as a parent and with coming to terms with the implications of the additional needs. Using her own child as an example, she works through the process of learning about different approaches and interventions and her experience of working with different specialists with conflicting opinions.
Parents of children with special needs often feel like they have been dropped in the middle of a dark and deep forest with no knowledge of how to find their way to a clearing. Supportive Parenting: Becoming an Advocate for Your Child With Special Needs is the GPS system that will lead them through the woods, around the pitfalls, over the obstacles, and beyond the fear and confusion. Jan Campito serves as an exceptionally competent guide, leading readers to a complete understanding of the intricacies and nuances surrounding the concerns and challenges society presents to our special needs kids. I wish I had had this book 15 years ago!
Supportive Parenting is a wonderfully comprehensive and down-to-earth, practical resource that will help parents to traverse the rocky ASD `terrain'. Jan Campito is to be commended for writing an even-handed and very helpful book.