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“Your son’s brain function is severely abnormal. I would recommend you begin saving for his group home care as an adult.”
Any mom would be crushed by this dire pessimistic prediction, but Bonnie did not let this UCLA neuropsychologist’s edict determine her son’s fate. Combining relentless determination with research, learning and in-depth discussions with professionals, Bonnie found ways to help him progress from ‘severely abnormal’ to honor roll student.
In the Special Ed Mom Survival Guide, Bonnie leads you through the vital steps necessary to survive as a Special Ed Mom. From learning how to manage the emotional overwhelm, to figuring out how to get the school to say yes, Bonnie presents a roadmap that leads you through this confusing obstacle course. Sharing tried and true methods, Bonnie teaches you to find your own inner compass so you can gain the ability and confidence to make decisions that bring results for your child. Based on personal and professional experience, Bonnie will help you to:
- Create the Right Mindset
- Take Care of Yourself
- Take Care of Your Child
- Understand the Special Ed Process
- Take Charge of the Special Ed Process
“If only I had had a guide to help me navigate all the challenges,” Bonnie says. “Then I could have focused more on my child and less on learning how to get help.” Every Special Ed Mom needs this guide to help make the journey easier!
I was a special education endorsed education for a decade before becoming a stay at home mom. During my time in education, I always felt this compassion for parents having to endure the special education process. Parents would walk into a room of “experts” and be handed a packet of rights, given a ton of information about their child, and asked to make important decisions about their child’s education. Everyone in the room was there had the best interest of the child at heart, but sitting there as the parent was intimidating at best if for no other reason than you were out numbered often by a lot. Adding to that the confusing nature of the process and the emotional nature of discussing your child and things that very often couldn’t do more than things they could do and I always wanted to make it easier for them.
This book could be that tool that makes it easier. It is laid out beautifully. It gives important need to know information many parents might not know to even look for if they had never been part of the special education process or worked in a public school. It talks about things most books forget, such as taking care of yourself. It even gives some open ended questions along the way that I feel are useful on so many levels. And it was well researched, not just a mom who has been there and has random words of wisdom. I am seriously impressed.
If you have a child in the special education process, have a child you think may need to be considered for special education, or work in schools (because yes this book will give you a good perspective and could very easily help you make your special education discussions much less stressful for all involved), I highly recommend this book. If you have a friend or relative who is having educational stresses, this book would be an amazing gift for them.
I read this book through the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program.
Bonnie has spent the better part of 25 years as a graphic designer and artist. Always a lover of psychology and the forces that influence behavior, it was a natural transition for her to begin working to resolve her oldest son’s special education challenges. When he was six, a neuropsychologist said he was beyond help, and to plan for his group home care as an adult. Bonnie could not accept that nothing could be done, and she set on a path to find solutions to help her son. He is now an honor student and destined to live a typical life.
Having been through the special ed system as a mom, and now as a advocate and counselor, she saw the need for support for the parents who carry this challenging burden. She has helped parents who struggle with districts who refused services, and she has coached parents in finding ways help their child succeed against the odds. Bonnie knows the fear a mother feels when her child’s future is uncertain, and that is why she chose to shift her life focus into educational consulting. She has a thriving practice as an educational consultant and advocate for parents who find themselves struggling with the special education journey.
She is the author of Special Ed Mom Survival Guide: How to prevail in the special ed process while discovering life-long strategies for both you and your child. She is also the creator of Grounded for Life: 52 Exercises for Daily Grounding, and co-author of Same Journey, Different Paths: Stories of Auditory Processing Disorder. She has a masters in educational counseling and another in spiritual psychology. Her bachelors degree is in architecture. She lives in Ventura County, California with her husband, two boys and their two furry felines.
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