Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families is a treasure in many ways. Authors Dr. Gary Chapman and Jolene Philo take a closer look at the five love languages in the realm of caring for children with physical, behavioral, and developmental special needs. Not only do Dr. Chapman and Philo consider the relationship between the parent and child with special needs, but also the relationships between parent and typical child, typical child and siblings with special needs, and professionals and children with special needs.
Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families includes lists of ideas for each love language, specific to a variety of scenarios affected by special needs. Dr. Chapman and Philo also include a brief description of attachment categories and cognitive development stages. Without feeling academic, these sections enable parents to gain a deeper understanding of their children. Parents will also find almost five full pages of suggested resources at the end of the book.
As a parent of a child with special needs, Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families provided verification of some of my emotions and thoughts, and encouraged me to think creatively. One of the things I appreciated most about this book is tucked away about two-thirds of the way through the book; it is a short, but powerful statement when considered in the context of special needs: “Before diving into… the next chapter, let’s take a breather. Give yourself time to process and apply what you’ve read…” The realm of special needs often involves information overload, frequent questions, and near-constant interpreting, deciphering, and investigating. The statement above gives readers permission to stop and pause, without guilt or pressure.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.