Becoming Chief: How to lead your child’s special needs tribe, is a great starting point for any parent of a child with a disability.
This book, from Cathy Love, focuses on the importance of taking charge of your child’s needs by building a “tribe” of supporters around them as well as the family as a whole.
Ms Love is an occupational therapist, coach, author and speaker who works with children, parents and disability service providers to achieve positive outcomes for children with special needs.
She has worked with children and families for over 30 years and has a great knowledge of the complex funding and disability service systems.
In Becoming Chief, tough topics are explored, as are inspiring real-life stories and practical, parent-friendly tips.
The book covers what a diagnosis means, offers information about organising paperwork and figuring out appointments with specialists, school and kinder.
While Love does not steer away from the fact that you as a parent carry the responsibility for your child’s well-being, the involvement of other people is an important part of building the tribe.
She finishes on the topic of self-care and how crucial it is for parents and carers to look after themselves.
If you’re a parent who is already on the journey, but need a bit of guidance and support, the book will probably be helpful to you, too.
Amaze has eight copies of Becoming Chief to give away to eSpectrum supporters.
The first eight email entries we receive will win a copy of the book.