Calmer: Medical Events with Cognitively Impaired Children

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
This short book offers a toolbox of workable strategies described in parent, not psychologist, terms that are designed to reduce medical trauma in your special child. The strategies are drawn from the work of the author with her son who suffers from a rare condition called Hunter Syndrome, sees ten specialists, four therapists, has a weekly infusion, and is in a clinical trial. More

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About Melissa Hogan

Melissa Hogan is a lawyer by training, a writer by passion, and an advocate by necessity. She is the founder and Past President of Project Alive, a nonprofit foundation that supports research and advocacy in Mucopolysaccharidosis II or Hunter Syndrome, a rare disease affecting an estimated 2,000 boys worldwide including her youngest son. She wrote a blog for many years that was read in over 100 countries worldwide, sharing on topics ranging from rare disease research, caring for a child with special needs, fundraising, faith, and writing. She currently writes at about the intersection of her faith and caring for a child with special needs. She regularly speaks at rare disease conferences on topics such as patient outcomes research, clinical trials, patient engagement, and social media use in rare disease.

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jhelou reviewed on July 1, 2016

This book proved very helpful for us in dealing with the myriad of medical appointments and procedures that our son will have to go through in his lifetime. The simplest of examinations such as looking in his ears was extremely traumatic. The strategies are clearly written and easy to implement and while I wish our medical trauma was non-existent, it has improved significantly with the suggestions and strategies in this book. It's worth every penny for children who see Dr's and clinicians dozens of times a year.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Courtney Walker reviewed on Sep. 6, 2012

This was such an incredible tool to address one of the many issues a family faces with a new diagnosis. It's easy for doctors to say, "Why is your child acting like that?!" and not validate their fears and concerns when the child is expected to see 12 or more clinicians every year. This was a huge help for me to be able to help my daughter. Thanks for this!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Beth York reviewed on Sep. 3, 2012

Forgot to give the book 5 stars! Fastastic!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Beth York reviewed on Sep. 3, 2012
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What a STELLAR contribution to the complex world of medicine involving children and anxious parents! This book cuts to the chase and can be read quicky, is packed with practical, sensible, and customizable advice and strategies, and should be given to every parent of a medically complicated child. Every child is vastly different in their needs, wants, triggers, and reactions and this book is PACKED with information that will only spur parents and medical professionals on to work with each individual child. It will also empower parents to advocated effectively for their children in the medical community. GREAT RESOURCE!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Carol Rucker reviewed on May 6, 2012
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This book was an eye opener. It has giving me unbelievable simple details of why this method works. I have seen changes already and I can't believe I have been doing the exact opposite for such a long time. It still feel kinda strange but what an exciting feeling. I have wonder for so long, and as hard as I have tried, why must there be continue stress, in our family life in dealing with medical events, education and even relaxtion time. Believe it or not, right now relaxtion or fun time is our most difficult learning skill. Prehaps its because I've always lecture to by daughter to be brave and act like this stress is nothing, but with no real tools to work with other than past scary memories.
Thank You Melissa you have been a God send.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Daniella Vandepeer reviewed on April 16, 2012

Wow. What a fantastic real life read. We too have a son with MPS II Hunters, and I have already taken some of the advice from Calmer, and adapted around our son with all the medical appointments we attend it really helped all of us be that little more calmer. What I love most about this book is how real Melissa has been. All of these strategies are interchangeable to each situation you are in and prove to work, by putting the work in you really do see results. This I kinda already knew, but Melissa's book just really helped me mould my own way and helped me remember how much of a learning curve life is. This book now sits on my book shelf and my family will refer to it as and when we need to. Thank you Melissa.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
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