The amazing stories, the incredible challenges - and what can be learned from them By Ruchi Eisenbach (Author)
Hidden Gems: Our Special Childrenencompasses an exceptional world: the world of children with special needs, and, even more, the world that is touched by them.
I loved my child so much, but I also wanted her to be "just like everybody else" more than anything ...
In their own words - the words of mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, special education professionals, and the special-needs individuals themselves -- we read of day-to-day triumphs and yes, occasional despair. We meet a woman who adopted five children with Down syndrome, and another who realized her child would be better off in a residential facility. A sister speaks honestly of her childhood anger at her special brother; a young boy inspires an entire class with his determination to walk, no matter what.
My message to others with special-needs is to never give up. No matter how hard it seems sometimes: never give up.
The narratives inHidden Gems: Our Special Childrenare honest and compelling, fascinating and inspiring. There is no sugar coating the problems, but there is always an abundance of hope and promise for the future.
When a new baby with Down syndrome is born, I tell the parents, "You will get more nachas - a nachas you could never imagine - from this child than from any of your others." They think I am crazy. About six months later they say, "Chaya, you were right..."
Hidden Gems: Our Special Childrenis a life-transforming work. Reading it sensitizes all of us to the needs and feelings of special children and those with whom they interact. Even more: we will all be inspired to deal with our own unique challenges, whatever they may be, with faith, determination, and courage.