Easy to Love but Hard to Live With : Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories.
Edited by Trica Bliven-Chasinoff, MA, and Lisa Davis, MPH. Paperback, Kindle, Nook, e-book. 302 pages. ISBN 978-1-933084-04-6 (pbk). $18.95 (pbk), October 10, 2014.
35 powerful essays from adults and those who love them with autism, mental illnesses, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, OCD, ADHD, and other “invisible disabilites.”
A beautiful exploration of the complexity of disability and how it affects our homes, our lives, our communities, and the global understanding of our differences. —Mayim Bialik, Ph.D, Neuroscientist, Emmy Award Nominated Actress, Author
Life with an invisible disability is often shrouded in isolation, shame, and judgment. The stories in this book lift the veil and let readers know they are not alone — that there is a community of strong, passionate, smart, funny, and exceptional people walking beside them. Instead of putting on appearances, readers are invited to celebrate and connect with who they really are. Learn More…
The Resilient Parent: Everyday Wisdom For Life with Your Exceptional Child
By Mantu Joshi. Paperback, Kindle, Nook, e-book. 162 pages. ISBN 978-1-933084-25-1 (pbk). $11.95 (pbk), January 15, 2014.
The Resilient Parent combines honesty, humility, and grit with humor and spirituality to offer practical pearls of wisdom for parents of children with special needs. Mantu Joshi, a father of children with neurobehavioral special needs, shares personal and authentic experiences to illustrate ways his fellow parents can find the resilience that is within them – resilience that is absolutely crucial when parenting complicated, behaviorally-challenged children.
Drawing from spiritual practices that span the globe as well as from his training as a Methodist minister, Joshi offers slight shifts that create a new framework to view children’s behaviors. These short essays – most which can be read under 5 minutes – boost parents resiliency for a more balanced life.
Parents of children with neurobehavioral special needs such as Autism, ADHD, FASD, learning disabilities, attachment problems, trauma, mental health diagnoses, developmental and intellectual disabilities, and others will find hope, solace, and solid strategies in this book. Learn More…
Easy to Love but Hard to Raise: Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories
Kay Marner and Adrienne Ehlert Bashista, co-editors; Foreword by Dr. Edward Hallowell, paperback, Kindle, Nook, e-book; 340 pages; ISBN: 978-1-933084-15-2 (pbk); $18.95 (pbk); February, 2012.
An anthology of personal essays written by parents of children with ADD, ADHD, OCD, PDD, ASDs, SPD, PBD and/or other alphabet soup diagnoses that takes the already difficult job of parenting and adds to the challenge.
These essays focus on honest feelings, lessons learned, epiphanies, commonplace and extraordinary experiences. They are written by parents of toddlers, young children, teens, and adult children; those who are in the parenting trenches now, and those looking back on their parenting experiences. Topics include: how children came to be diagnosed, the experience of dealing with problem behaviors in various contexts and settings, experiences with/feelings about treatment (therapies, medications, alternative treatments), school (and other advocacy) experiences, children’s social interactions/friends, and the effect of parenting a difficult child on a parent’s emotional and physical health, marriage, and other relationships. Learn More…
Mishka: An Adoption Tale
Written by Adrienne Ehlert Bashista; illustrated by Miranda R. Mueller; hardcover, 32 pages; illus; ISBN 978-1-933084-01-5; $16.95; Nov. 2007
Join Mo as a special couple take him on a marvelous journey in an airplane to meet his new best friend, Yuri. Mo has lots of questions once he gets to his destination. Where is he? What’s a mishka? And most importantly, will the man and the woman who brought him and Yuri together ever come back? Learn More…
When I Met You: A Story of Russian Adoption
Written by Adrienne Ehlert Bashista;illustrated by Christine Sykes; hardcover; 38 pages; illus; ISBN:1-933084-00-6; $16.95; May, 2005.
“I don’t know of another book that captures in words and pictures the lives of our children from Eastern Europe and the changes they brought to our lives and us to theirs. A wonderful picture book of their story.”
—John MacLean, author,The Russian Adoption Handbook Learn More…
The Big Fun Guide to Tar Heel Country:
135+ Activities for Families in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, and points in between! By Erin Donoghue Baldwin; September, 2008; ISBN 978-1-933084-10-7; $13.95 Learn More…