Bonus: Book Proposal
Book Proposal: “Expect the Unexpected: Raising a Child with Special Needs”
Expect the Unexpected: Raising a Child with Special Needs is a book that will help the families of disabled children cope with and understand the struggles of raising a child with special needs, educate them on where to find resources and support groups, as well as learn how to help the child to meet their full potential. Instead of dwelling on the hardships that will be faced while raising a child with special needs, this book inspires parents to encourage their child and motivate them with a proven how-to approach.
Expect the Unexpected: Raising a Child with Special Needs is targeted to the parents of children with special needs but is also helpful for siblings and relatives of the child. The book covers many helpful topics and is broken down as follows:
- Coping with Grief and Guilt
- Accepting Your Child as “Special”
- Importance of Early Intervention
- Sky’s The Limit
- Steps to Independence and Planning for the Future
- Personal Accounts from Experienced Parents
Intertwined throughout the book are my personal experiences, struggles, and rewards of living with a special needs individual.
There is an array of books on the topic of raising children with special needs, one of the top-sellers being The Special Needs Parent Handbook by Jonathan L. Singer. Expect the Unexpected is a unique and motivational book to offer advice to parents on how to help their child reach their full potential and not let their disability hold them back, while The Special Needs Parent Handbook simply provides advice and assistance on coping with children with disabilities. Expect the Unexpected also provides personal accounts which are very relatable and helpful to parents who may feel alone in such a situation. I have had about 2 years of experience writing a column in the school newspaper and have also had a few articles published in the local newspaper. As the sibling of a special needs individual, I am qualified to write on the topic of raising a special needs child because I have first-hand accounts and experiences with coping and dealing with disabled children. This gives the book a unique and interesting perspective that is unlike any other book on the market.