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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Books and other resources

Library Shelf: Boyfriends and Girlfriends, Terri Couwenhoven
Everyone knows that dipping your toe in the dating pond can be a little intimidating without first seeking some expert advice! And that's exactly what Terri Couwenhoven delivers in her new book written expressly for teens and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Boyfriends and Girlfriends explains the dos and don'ts of dating and validates their normal, age-appropriate desire for companionship and romance.

The book covers the biggest questions and smallest concerns of every would-be dater, including:
Who is an appropriate dating partner and who is not
How to read signals and judge whether the interest is mutual
How to ask someone out on a date
How to turn down a date
How to handle rejection
What sexual feelings are
How to work through problems in a relationship
What to do when a relationship is not working  ...
(publisher's note)
DS NSW members can contact Jo in the library via email to arrange a loan.
The Prince Who Was Just Himself: A Review
Ellen Stumbo, 15th September 2015
... As for my personal thoughts on the book, the illustrations are terrific, but it felt like a fairytale about the author’s family, and I had a hard time connecting to the narrative ...

... Still, I’m glad I have this book in my collection of disability related books. The book does show that everyone has something to offer, and an act of compassion can be what another person needs most in their life. Three out of five stars ...
Resources from the Down Syndome Diagnosis Network 1st Annual Rockin’ Mom RetreatJennifer Bekins, Talk - Down Syndrome, 22nd September 2015
I do not have a child of my own with Down syndrome, three of my 5 siblings do. My husband Peter and I have two sons and our oldest was diagnosed 5 years ago with Tourette syndrome. I’ve also had the honor of listening to hundreds of diagnosis stories from the many families I’ve met while practicing as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). My morning session blended my experience as a sibling, mother, and professional as I shared the very personal ways I grew and changed because of my son’s diagnosis.

The following links are resources/voices/supports I’ve either benefited from myself, used in my professional practice, or generally found useful ...

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