I first read From the Heart: On Being the Mother of a Child with Special Needs (edited by Jayne D.B. March) just after Ruby’s first birthday. I was looking for the understanding and support that only another mother of a special needs child can offer. The book was so amazing that I have turned to it again several other times in the past five years.

While reading this book, I cried, I laughed and I felt renewed strength. This book is like having a support group in your own home. With topics that range from being heard and feeling understood to coping and healing, From the Heart is full of affirming stories written by nine real mothers. The children being raised by these mothers have a variety of special needs, including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADD and multiple disabilities.

This book is perfect not only for mothers of special needs children, but also for family members, healthcare professionals and educators who want to step into the shoes of a mother raising a child with special needs and gain a better understanding of what we go through. So, after you read it, pass it along to someone else — but make sure you get it back so you can re-read it when you need that extra support.

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