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Bringing up babies and young children who have very special needs

A 21st Century Guide for parents, students and new practitioners

Author: Peter Limbrick

Peter Limbrick is an educationalist with long experience of babies and young children who have multiple diagnoses. His approach helps children who have disabilities and very special needs learn basic skills and supports parents with all they have to deal with.

He describes three essential pillars of effective support:

  1. Health: for the child’s survival and freedom from pain
  2. Education: for the child’s understanding, skills and wellbeing
  3. Family support: for the family’s resilience and quality of life

Peter tells us there is no time to waste and roles are very clear:

“Parents’ role is to bring up their children. The role of therapists, teachers and other practitioners is to help them. Even so, many parents have to go into battle to get what they need.

“I hope this will include new parents, others with a parenting role, family members, students who might eventually work with these children and people who have just moved into this field of work. It can often feel like a world separated from the main world because babies and infants who have very special needs belong to a small minority most people will not encounter very often if at all.

“I have used the phrase ‘bringing up’ in the book’s title, because this is what parents all around the world do and it is what this book is about. Parents bring up their children as best they can whatever abilities and needs their children have. But, unfortunately, when a baby or young child has very special needs it can feel that some of this parenting role is taken over by one or more practitioners. Parents might then find themselves inappropriately forced into a secondary or subservient role because practitioners appear as experts and because parents do not yet know all the same things the practitioners know.”