How to bring up babies and young children who have very special needs

A guide to help professionals support parents in bringing up their child

Bringing up babies and young children who have very special needs: A 21st century guide for parents, students and new practitioners

By Peter Limbrick. 2019.

A recent review. Extract: “The book is particularly useful for parents who can often feel like they live in a world separated from the main world because babies and infants who have very special needs belong to a small minority, most people will rarely encounter.”

From Back cover:

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.

This book is about support children and families might need. It contrasts effective 21st century support with approaches that are out-of-date and, at worst, insensitive and institutional.

Peter describes three essential pillars of effective support:

    • Health: for the child’s survival and freedom from pain
    • Education: for the child’s understanding, skills and wellbeing
    • 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.

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