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Local parent-writers plan panel discussion about raising kids with special needs

Posted November 7, 2012

Four Triangle-based parents and writers of the book "Easy to Love but Hard to Raise" will talk about their emotions and experiences caring for kids with neuro-behavioral disabilities.

The sessions are scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, at Durham's South Regional Library, and 2 p.m., Sunday, at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill.

The book is an anthology of personal essays by parents with kids who have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, OCD, and other "alphabet soup diagnoses that takes the already difficult job of parenting and adds to the challenge," the book's website says.

"These essays focus on honest feelings, lessons learned, epiphanies, commonplace and extraordinary experiences," the website says. "They are written by parents of toddlers, young children, teens, and adult children; those who are in the parenting trenches now, and those looking back on their parenting experiences."

The panel discussions will be led by Adrienne Bashista, the book's editor. Her adopted son has been diagnosed with FASD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

For more information about the book and to find out how you can get a copy, click here. The book also has a Facebook page.

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  • unipride Nov 7, 6:52 p.m.

    @Danny22 That is a pretty ignorant statement. Many kids with true special needs are not even on medications.
    As for the book - I got the Durham Public Library to order it and read it a while back.

  • Danny22 Nov 7, 6:37 p.m.

    I was listening to an elementary teacher recently who said over half of her class were on meds for behavior. It looks like kids with "special needs" might be the norm today.