, author of the widely acclaimed book, "Special Kids Need Special Parents" ( http://www.parentingchallenges.com/ ), has appeared on NBC-TV's "Today" show, the CBS Radio Networks
will speak from 9-10 a.m., Sunday, May 26 at IRSA's Empowerment '02 Conference in the Westin Michigan Avenue hotel, 909 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.In addition, on Monday, May 27, she
will address the 7th National Conference of The Hydrocephalus Association
from 9:15-10:30 a.m. in the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St., Chicago.
During the past year, the Chicago area resident, former writer for the Chicago Sun-Times
and mother of a daughter with special challenges has addressed thousands of parents, educators and healthcare professionals about the daunting challenges of raising children with special needs.She
offers strategies and insights for managing the roller coaster ride of emotions as well as the practical challenges faced by some 40,000,000 American parents (nearly one in three American families) who have children with special needs.
307-page resource guide, which will soon go into its fourth printing, she
offers insights, support and advice on such topics as:
-- Coping with chronic pain and frequent hospitalizations;
-- Strengthening a marriage (government studies report a divorce rate of
more than 75 percent in special families);