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A Special Education: One Family's Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The celebrated designer Dana Buchman knew almost nothing about “learning differences” when her daughter, Charlotte, was diagnosed with disabilities as a toddler. She soon discovered that the hard work and determination that had taken her from the Ivy League to her own fashion label wouldn’t be enough to deal with Charlotte’s disabilities; she would have to acquire a new sk...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Da Capo Press (first published 2006)
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I enjoyed reading this book. There are so many books about disabilities and how and what to recognize, but I liked this one because it was about someone's 'real' life and how they dealth with the disability, or difference, their child had. As a mother of two children with disabilities it was interesting to read how her child's differences affected the mother, Dana Buchman and how she was able to overcome her challenges dealing with it. She was very honest in telling her story. Even though our ch...more
Feb 17, 2008 stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to stephanie by: katie's mom.
i really, really enjoyed this book - not so much for the discussion of the LD (because as she repeats, everyone's LD takes a different form) but for the way she was honest with herself about how she dealt with her daughter's LD - her strengths and her weaknesses. it's pretty remarkable to have such an honest, open, narrator, willing to tell the story as it is. it's also interesting to see the setting in new york, and realize once again how lucky people who live in major urban areas are just for...more
Nov 18, 2008 Mackenzie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in fashion and also interested in disabilities
Recommended to Mackenzie by: my mama
This book is a memoir. It is written by Dana Buchman who is a high-fashion New York designer who lives through the struggles of her stressful job alone, and especially does when come to find out her daughter is diagnosed with motor-skill disablities and neurological problems as a young child. Dana at first knows nothing about this issue and it is hard to her to come to realization that her daughter has this major problem especially coming from a perfectionist. At first Dana thought her life was...more
It was extremely interesting to learn how the author (well-known clothing designer Dana Buchman) and her husband (both very well-educated, Type A overachievers) dealt with the arrival of their first child, Charlotte. Charlotte had multiple learning disabilities. Although she was bright, creative and emotionally intelligent, she struggled with numbers, words, directions, movement, etc. When second daughter Annie was born, Charlotte's differences became even more noticeable. Dana is very honest ab...more
Dana Buchman is a well-known fashion designer whose clothing line is owned by Liz Claiborne, Inc. In this book, she discusses her family’s struggles with her oldest daughter’s learning disabilities. She writes about events from pre-diagnosis to her daughter’s graduation from high school and everything in between, with a special focus on the struggles of parenting an LD child.

I had expected this book to be much more instructive rather than informative. Still, Buchman writes honestly about her fea...more
Yes, Dana is priviledged but the story focuses on her struggles understanding her daughter. It is very honest and real. I hope others appreciate this book as much as I do.
Dec 23, 2009 Donura rated it 5 of 5 stars
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A very personal discussion of special education and how it affects a whole family. I was moved to read so much that was so similar to my own experience with the whole cycle of special education.
Oct 06, 2007 Ashley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents with kids who have LD(Learning Differences)
Shelves: memoirs, education
Finally, a memoir involving special education. I hope I will see more books like this. This is a wonderful book about a family and how they dealt with their family member's LD(Learning Differences)
S. Renee
Very insightful... I did not find the solutions I was looking for but I did find that I was not alone in my experiences. There were some great resources for further reading.
Huck C
Not a great read but gives a good understanding of dyslexia. Poor little privileged girl's mothers suffer too.
This was a phenomenal read that gave me hope and understanding.
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