Retarded Isn't Stupid, Mom! Revised Edition
Early Childhood
This Brookes classic presents a mother's story of raising a daughter with mental retardation, addressing the feelings of denial, guilt, frustration, and eventual acceptance that resulted in a determination to help her child live an independent life.
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63788 978-1-55766-378-8
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1999 272
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Nicole is 2 years old, and her family, after months of worrying, has just learned she has mental retardation. In a fast-paced, engaging story, mother Sandra Kaufman frankly reveals the feelings of denial, guilt, frustration, and eventual acceptance that result in a determination to help her child live an independent life.

This edition, revised on the 10th anniversary of the book's original publication, adds a "progress report" that updates readers on Nicole's adult years and reflects on the revolutionary changes in society's attitudes toward people with disabilities since Nicole's birth.

Retarded Isn't Stupid, Mom! remains a celebration of all that a child can grow to be.

Prologue: Nicole at Two
  1. No! No! No!
  2. Is Mommy tired?
  3. Everyone is yelling at me!
  4. I am capable.
  5. Mom, I know I'm retarded, but I'm not stupid.
  6. Can't do nuthin' on the amount I make.
  7. I don't know if anyone loves me.
  8. Seems like I'm learning to live alone the hard way
  9. Do you know how I could prove I'm handicapped?

A Mother's Epilogue: 1988
Progress Report: 1998
An Afterword, by Robert B. Edgerton
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Josh Greenfeld, author of A Child Called Noah
What a wonderfully honest and moving book. . . . I recommend this book not only to any mother or father of a retarded or disabled individual, but to anyone caught up in the never-ending tugs and demands of parenthood.
Marty Krauss
This is a moving, direct account of a mother's and daughter's struggle for mutual independence. Nicole's retardation is obviously a center issue, but the trials of growing up, making mistakes, learning how to function in a complex world, and forging an identity independent of one's family are processes every adolescent faces.
Author: Sandra Z. Kaufman   Afterword Author: Robert B. Edgerton
"What a wonderfully honest and moving book. . . . I recommend this book not only to any mother or father of a retarded or disabled individual, but to anyone caught up in the never-ending tugs and demands of parenthood." —Josh Greenfeld, author, A Child Called Noah "This is a moving, direct account of a mother's and daughter's struggle for mutual independence. Nicole's retardation is obviously a center issue, but the trials of growing up, making mistakes, learning how to function in a complex world, and forging an identity independent of one's family are processes every adolescent faces." —Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, Ph.D.