Eichin Chang-Lim's first child Teddy, was born profoundly deaf and with some vision issues also. Chang-Lim candidly relates the initial shock and disappointment that her long-awaited for bundle of joy is not quite so perfect after all. What she shows us in this book is that once the intial shock is over there is work to be done, for both the child and the parent's sake. She doesn't pull any punches or sugarcoat the experience, she relates what she had to do for Teddy in a simple, straightforawrd narrative along with the effect her son's disability had on everyone in the family.
The chapter from Teddy's younger sister may have been short, but it was illuminating in showing the differences in perspective between the child and the sibling.
There is no doubt having a special needs child puts all sorts of strains on work and family relationships, but Chang-Lim is able to show that sometimes it is practacalities and the pragmatic approach that may have to ho;d sway over the initial emotional and heartfelt response.
The authors love for her child could never be brought into question, but even she admitted when Teddy became an adult, it was difficult for her to let go and to give him his independence.
An honest, frank and warming memoir of one woman's journey with her special needs child. I enjoyed taking it with her, very much.