TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Landmarks

Ship’s Manifest

A Brief Narrative of My Personal Journey

Chapter One: Logging
Using a journal to track and guide your journey

Chapter Two: Home Port
Becoming aware of your personal style

Chapter Three: Semaphore
Shaping and sending the message of your child’s situation

Chapter Four: Mapping
Defining yourself as the parent of a child with special needs

Chapter Five: Raising Anchor
Approaching research and advocacy on behalf of your child

Chapter Six: Ship’s Officers
Embracing the joys and challenges in an intimate relationship as parents of a child with special needs

Chapter Seven: Traveling Companions
Determining the individuals and therapies to take on board

Chapter Eight: Course Correction
Transforming self on both personal and professional levels

Chapter Nine: All Hands on Deck
Latching on to what you can do on your own right now

Chapter Ten: Shipmates
Meeting the challenges for siblings of children with special needs

Chapter Eleven: Naval Academy
Accessing education and appropriate services for your child

Chapter Twelve: Anchors and Wings
Enlarging a child’s world to encourage freedom and build self-esteem

Chapter Thirteen: Storms at Sea
Confronting universal challenges: financial considerations, transitions of caregivers, therapists, and doctors, and the place of faith

Chapter Fourteen: Restoring
Drawing on life experiences for the tools to restore yourself

Lifesavers Ten tried and true moorings to latch on to

Afterword “The Only Failure Is Not Trying.”

Appendix Tongues and Toes
What I learned off the main course

Appendix A-Z
Detailed descriptions of therapies and methodologies referenced in the book including links for further learning

Suggested Reading

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Acknowledgements

Author Biography


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Landmarks

Ship’s Manifest

A Brief Narrative of My Personal Journey

Chapter One: Logging
Using a journal to track and guide your journey

Chapter Two: Home Port
Becoming aware of your personal style

Chapter Three: Semaphore
Shaping and sending the message of your child’s situation

Chapter Four: Mapping
Defining yourself as the parent of a child with special needs

Chapter Five: Raising Anchor
Approaching research and advocacy on behalf of your child

Chapter Six: Ship’s Officers
Embracing the joys and challenges in an intimate relationship as parents of a child with special needs

Chapter Seven: Traveling Companions
Determining the individuals and therapies to take on board

Chapter Eight: Course Correction
Transforming self on both personal and professional levels

Chapter Nine: All Hands on Deck
Latching on to what you can do on your own right now

Chapter Ten: Shipmates
Meeting the challenges for siblings of children with special needs

Chapter Eleven: Naval Academy
Accessing education and appropriate services for your child

Chapter Twelve: Anchors and Wings
Enlarging a child’s world to encourage freedom and build self-esteem

Chapter Thirteen: Storms at Sea
Confronting universal challenges: financial considerations, transitions of caregivers, therapists, and doctors, and the place of faith

Chapter Fourteen: Restoring
Drawing on life experiences for the tools to restore yourself

Lifesavers Ten tried and true moorings to latch on to

Afterword “The Only Failure Is Not Trying.”

Appendix Tongues and Toes
What I learned off the main course

Appendix A-Z
Detailed descriptions of therapies and methodologies referenced in the book including links for further learning

Suggested Reading

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Acknowledgements

Author Biography