The Special Needs Handbook needs authors!

Helen McGrath-Doherty is not someone I know anything about, except for the fact that she’s doing something terribly decent. The Special Needs Handbook is being compiled by her, and others I presume, to offer practical help, advice and tips to parents, carers and professionals.

She’s cleverly getting everyone else to write it – and that means you too. Here’s what she says:

We are compiling all the good ideas and practical solutions to everyday problems that parents and therapists have tried and tested over the years. Once compiled, the book will be made available free over the internet, with the possibility of publishing it (not for profit) and making it available through shops.

All contributors whose ideas are original and published in the book will be sent a free copy – so be sure to include your name and address along with the tip or tips you send in.

Imagine. Offering it for free. Of all the jar-headed ideas I’ve come across in this festive season of giving cards to every cashier you meet, this one really beats Banagher.

But seriously, a lot of you have so much accumulated knowledge on this subject that we’re bound to get somebody published, right?

So the competition is on. First one in buys the drinks.

My starter: On those days when you’re feeling a little bit conscious of all the looks your precious one may be getting from the normals, pull a face like this. It gives everyone a different focus.

Well then make your own suggestions if you’re so smart and good looking. Here’s the address for your suggestions:


Ok, so the cover isn’t exactly epilepsy-friendly, but I’m not sure this is how it’ll end up. Anyway, shut up. It’s going to be free.

PS I found all this at India Knight’s excellent blog Isn’t she talking yet? at Times Online. Her daughter has Di George syndrome, also a chromosomal abnormality condition, and she uses her journalist profile to help special needs issues get heard. And she has a great sharp tongue too.

5 comments on “The Special Needs Handbook needs authors!

  1. had to laugh out loud at your photie there… šŸ™‚

  2. lisadom says:

    How am I gonna get my J.K. Rowling sized advance if I go around giving out advice for free Matey?

    Okay, I will give you one little bit for free: Never ever leave the house in something you could comfortably sleep in. Including SHOES! If you treat the world as your own bathroom – it will comfortably shit on you.

    This is even more important when you have special kids as some people will be hoping to heap pity on you, and thus negate the need to change their own behaviour because “sure god help ye, nothing we do could make a difference”

    If you rock up in (admittedly thrift store but they don’t know that) Armani, and kick their arses; they are more likely to listen and change.

    And when you look in the mirror; you will feel stronger and more able to kick arse, if you look good.

    You might have had 20 minutes of sleep in 2 days, you might have just cleaned up poop for the 3rd time, you might have just had your head bitten (literally) but you are not a victim and you are entitled to what you are applying for, not subject to someone’s merciful whim.


  3. enc says:

    We’ll have to see how this one comes out.

  4. kayla says:

    I love the snow that comes down on your page it is so neat! I was tryin to figure out away to send you a slice of Elmo cake on your blog but I could not come to a conclusion! lol! šŸ™‚ I hope all is going well with you and your family. Your little one is so cute and adorable.

  5. kayla says:

    O my god I haven’t seen that before i just click ed on the “like this” in your blog and that pictured showed up and it had me practically rolling on the ground. That is hilarious! First time I have laughed today. Thanks for that for sure. And i would agree with that. if everyone compiles there information someone is bound to get published for sure. Think about it we have all of these people out there that make assumptions on kids with down syndrome that have no idea at all. Us people that are living those lives should let the book right it’s self. We can only take one day at a time and each day brings something new for our children to teach us. And we learn from that. In the end we could end up with a book that is over a million pages.

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