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Some books are hard to start, for me this was one of those book. The title pretty much says it all, A Parent’s Guide to Developmental Delays: Recognizing and Coping with Missed Milestones in Speech, Movement, Learning, and Other Areas by Laurie LeComer, M.Ed.
I expected a dry, clinical look at developmental delays. What I got was an exciting, user-friendly, insightful book. Written for parents, by a parent with a child with delays, the book begins by asking what we all ask, “am I overreacting?”
From there, LeComer takes parents through the process to determine if a child is developing normally. Along the way she explains in depth, in real language (not doctor speak), steps to take. There is a section for documenting concerns, wisdom on how to talk with doctors, and even help in dealing with children.
While the book can be read straight through, LeComer suggests using it for your specific needs. Read the helpful chapters on recognizing need and then jump to specific issues. Within each of the chapters, she shares real life situations describing how a child with a particular disability may react, along with a response strategy. I found this extremely helpful and enlightening. In fact, the issue that led me to the book turned out not to be the issue my child experiences. After reading A Parent’s Guide and addressing what I suspected with my child’s teacher, my child is on the way to receiving the specific attention needed.
A Parent’s Guide addresses developmental delays and disorders of cognition, speech and language, social and emotional behavior, motor system, sensory integration, and sensory processing.
Author’s book bio reads, “Laurie LeComer, M.Ed. is a special education program monitor, and evaluator of children with known and suspected developmental delays and disabilities. She has been a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Collaborative on Integrated School Services and the Autism Society of America, and is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children.”
This is an affordable book, right now on Amazon, the Kindle download is $4.99 and used starts at $1.02. New in paperback is $14.99. If you check out the book on Amazon, you can also read excerpts. I purchased my copy used, and loved reading it with the ability to highlight key sentences and make notes in it. Another great way to get this book is check it out from your local library.