Day By Day: Emotional Wellbeing in Parents of Disabled Children


Joanna Griffin is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist who has worked in a number of clinical settings, including the NHS. She also provides independent supervision and consultancy work and set up a website (affinity to signpost emotional support for parent carers. In this book, she draws on her own experiences as the parent of a disabled child, combined with her professional knowledge.

The book opens with a deeply personal account of the traumatic birth of her son, who nearly died, and was subsequently diagnosed with cerebral palsy and with behavioural and cognitive challenges that emerged as he got older. 

Topic covered include:

  • Emotional Challenges
  • Emotional Wellbeing in Parent Carers
  • Relationships: Child, Partner, Family, Friends, Special Needs Community
  • Meaningful Futures

The book also contains a number of useful appendices such as a wellbeing worksheet, information about organisations that provide support to parent carers and a guide to terminology.

Griffin speaks directly to the reader and her information on the use of body approaches to wellbeing is interesting by referencing breathing technique, toning the vagus nerve, nurturing touch and ‘having a good cry’. 

The wellbeing worksheet also structures ways for the parent carer to develop a sense of purpose, empowerment and awareness of emotions. It also provides ways to reflect on what can and cannot be controlled and how to challenge negative thoughts in dealing with complex issues.

Highly recommended.

Author: J. Griffin
Publisher: Free Association Books
ISBN: 978-1-9113835-3-6
Price: £14.99

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