Leah’s Voice The Book #giveaway #backtoschool

Theresa, 5m4m contributor, shares her insights on this review and giveaway for Leah’s Voice. While we were compensated to write this review, all opinions listed are her own.

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Someone once told me my son was weird.

When my son was younger, my husband’s cousin told us he didn’t want his kids playing with our son because our son had so many issues.

My father-in-law told me last month that my son had no decorum and could I find some medication to fix his condition.

These statements break my heart into a million pieces. These statements make me want to build the biggest invisible shield and place it around my son and walk around with him all day long, protecting him from these harsh words.

Deep, deep down, amongst the devastation and doubt, I know I can’t.

What I can do, {after I take a deep breathe}, is try to explain so there is more understanding. My son is a special needs child. He suffers from sensory modulation deficits. Our girls know this and they just go with it.

Leah’s Voice tells the story of two sisters facing these very same challenges.

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About the book

Leah’s Voice is a story that touches on the difficulties children encounter when they meet a child with special needs such as autism. Children who have a brother or sister with special needs may find it difficult to explain to their friends, or feel disappointed when their friends aren’t more understanding. Leah’s Voice tells the story of two sisters facing these challenges. Through her kindness and devotion, one sister teaches by example the importance of including everyone and showing acceptance.

Leah’s Voice is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award, Silver Honoree. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.  A sampling of the judges includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Eleven-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow ; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; and LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soulbooks. Parents, educators, retailers and the media look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal when selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

About Our Family

Our family motto is love and kindness. Inside our home my children have figured out on their own how to thrive in their relationships with each other. It is amazing to watch, especially if you see my son outside of our home. My children harmonize with each other well and it makes my heart sing.

They are all best friends and they stick up for each other. My son and my daughter have been best friends for as long as I can recall. My daughters don’t see my son any differently than their brother, who they love and adore. My son has a very difficult time making friends and he refuses to speak to anyone outside of our immediate family. His sisters seem to instinctively understand this and mediate to always include him. It is a beautiful thing.

I only want the very best for my children. Each child of mine is special with many unique gifts and challenges. I hope by teaching them all to always put kindness in front of any other behavior, they will respond with love, grace and humor far beyond their years.

 Enter to win

2 winners will get the chance to win a copy of Leah’s Voice. Use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

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Teresa is a family lifestyle photographer who is happy homeschooling her three children in the Christian classical education theory in the suburbs of Chicago. You can find her on her blog Tiaras & Tantrums or on Twitter as @tiarastantrums.


Comments

  1. says

    We have talked extensively over the years about how God made each of us special, just the way we are. We’ve also taken opportunities to serve others, which elevates their empathy and shows them that we all have special needs. Thanks for the chance to win this book; it’s a keeper!

  2. Wehaf says

    I am hoping to win this for my friend, whose son is on the autism spectrum. I don’t know how she handles rude and insensitive comments.

  3. Krystal says

    My child has really severe speech delays. He has a hard time playing with other kids, because he can’t communicate well with them. I try to help others find ways they can talk to my son. Through sign and gestures, and being really patient with him. It’s hard but it’s worth it.

  4. Marci W. says

    Educate the adults directing the comments to the inappropriateness of their comments or stares. Education my son on how to handle kids who are rude or don’t understand him (though most of the time he doesn’t even notice it – I do).
    Educate everyone we come in contact with what it is like for him living in a world where every sensation (wind blowing in his face, strange smells, itchy tags in his clothes or soft touches) feels like a brick falling on his head.

  5. Brandy W. says

    I’m very thankful that I do not have a special needs child… I would probably lose my temper with rude strangers more than I’d like to admit..

  6. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    I Get Frustrated At Others For Their Lack Of Respect, And Try To Educate Them The Best That I Can.

  7. Jenette says

    I do not have a special needs child so I am not sure how I would handle it. I would imagine I would be very hurt. I am pretty hot headed at times so I would probably spout off.

  8. Samantha wagner says

    I don’t have a special needs child, but I know I would be protective as any mother would and treat them as normal as possible so that they themselves don’t look at themselves differently

  9. Jessica says

    I don’t have a special needs child, but I teach my children to accept everyone as they are and not to stare or say anything rude.

  10. Chelsea says

    I nanny for a child with a disability and it’s hard to watch people stare at him or make comments but the best thing I feel like I can do is smile and act politely to make him stay as comfortable as possible

  11. Ellen B says

    Are you trying to make me cry? Well my grandson (age 8) finally got diagnosed with a form of autism and I can see his struggles. I thought that is what he had – the doctors kept saying it was other things – but I knew. Anyway, his older brother (age 10) has no understanding of his condition and tells friends that he is retarded. My granddaughter (age 6) helps him so much! She is like his voice! I love them all but the special needs grandson is well “special” to all of us.

  12. Kerrie Mayans says

    Normally I ignore them but if they are outrageous or crazy or really insulting, then I will address the person in a calm way and try to explain the special needs of my child and why he is acting the way he is.

  13. Catherine says

    Quite honestly, I’m blunt with people. I have a 15 year old son who was born with severe disabilities and we have had many challenges along the way. He wasn’t suppose to live past 2 according to the doctors. The longest living child born with all the symptoms of CMV that he was born with (that we know of) was 5 years old. So when someone wants to tease him, we tend to it immediately and let them know that he has more determination and will power than any kid I have ever known or heard of. Since he started going through puberty a couple of years ago, along with his physical, mental and emotional disabilities, he has developed psychiatric disabilities too. His mental age is that of an 8 year old while his body is that of a growing man so he has a lot of confusion. His big sister (who is a senior this year) makes sure that the kids at the school know that she doesn’t tolerate anyone teasing her brother and I have made sure that every teacher, principal and staff realize that I will go to the top and let things roll down hill if they don’t do their jobs. If we find out that another child is being teased due to similar problems, the schools all know that we will help make sure those other children and their families get the help. I guess we are quite sensitive on the matter.

  14. Stephanie Larison says

    I don’t have a special needs child, but I let my daughter know they’re just as special as we are. They just have different ways of communication, etc.

  15. Eve says

    I’m a therapist for children with autism spectrum disorder and I just try to passively educate those that are ignorant and if not I ignore it.

  16. says

    Head on. Firm, but direct & short. Then move on. I was a special needs nanny in my early 20’s, so I developed my style long enough ago to be very confident about dealing with it, even when caught off guard.

  17. Kelly Brown says

    I have a special needs brother and it always upset me about how mean people can be! I am not sure if they knew their stares, giggles, etc., were hurtful, I want to help educate my sweet Kindergarten students about how special needs people need to be treated the same as everyone else. This would be a great book to help me educate my kids!

  18. Anne Lehnick says

    My son is not special needs, but I was told many times by a care provider that we needed to ask our pediatrician to check him for ADD or ADHD. She said we didn’t want him to get labeled with that once he got into school. I was hurt and angry at the comments. After talking to the pediatrician and being told his behavior was perfectly normal, I decided the care provider didn’t know what she was talking about. I was very concerned when he finally started elementary school and had behavioral issues the first week (in fact, he was sent to the principal the 2nd day of kinder). I learned a few things: my son STILL doesn’t have ADD or ADHD; there are plenty of other kids who exhibit the same behaviors at one time or another; and it’s actually a great thing to have your child “labeled” in school because then the school can work to make sure they learn all they need to. No diagnosis yet and hopefully we never get one, but I’m okay with it if we do.

  19. Stephanie Bodine says

    My daughter doesnt have any special needs, but I explain to her how everyone is different and how to treat others.

  20. says

    How I handle comments and questions about my daughters’ special needs largely depends upon the way in which the question or comment has been presented (tone, context, intent, etc.) and whether or not my daughters are present when the question or comment is posed. I’m still learning what to say, when and how much. I think my older kids are actually better at it sometimes than I am. It’s a long process to learn how to graciously and guardedly answer appropriately. And we have the added layer of fairly obviously being a family built by adoption to deal with too!

  21. Melanie says

    To be honest, I’ve never been able to come up with a good solution for handling other people’s comments. Normally, I get very angry and defensive which probably doesn’t help.

  22. Saver Sara says

    I don’t currently have a special needs child and pray my to-be born baby will also not have any. I did however spent years withing with special needs adults and my children have been raised to not treat anyone differently.

  23. katklaw777 says

    I don’t have a special needs child, but my grandaughter has been teased about her glasses.
    We joke about it because her mother says four eyes are better than two!

  24. T.h.Ransom says

    My daughter doesn’t have any special needs but her best friend has a speech problem. They were in the same class last year and when kids teased him, she stood up for him and told her friends to stop that Alex was a cool kid. Since then, none of the kids picked on him and learned to accept his speech problem.

  25. Meegan Whitford says

    We have not had to deal with this yet its hard to say how i would react since i usually say before i think so i might fly off the handle until i figure out how to answer peoples comments.

  26. Cathy H says

    I do not have a special needs child, but I do have one with speech difficulties and she is a very late reader. When someone says something, we respond matter of factly with the truth of the situation. We find that often a little understanding is all that is needed to turn a negative opinion into a positive one.

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