The birth of Linda Petersen's multi-disabled brother, and her unconventional home life, shaped her total acceptance of individuals with disabilities. Her first son was born blind, and the four subsequent children whom she adopted had a variety of disabilities, including profound deafness, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personality disorder), severe sensory integration deficit and Asperger's Syndrome.
This book explores the heartwarming, heartbreaking and humorous adventures of these children in their quest to become successful young adults. Ms. Petersen's parenting suggestions and view on parenting children with disabilities are priceless!
"The Apple Tree" is WONDERFUL!
This book is amazing! Once I started reading, I could not put it down. It is a beautiful story of a family brought together by the worst circumstances in life. The story is wonderful and a must read for every person, whether they have a disabled child or not, or even if they have a child or not. Excellent job Linda Petersen!
This is one of the most wonderful, enlightening, uplifting books one could ever read. It started out for me as one of those “there but for the grace of God, go I” stories, but the more I read, the more I found of my own life reflected in Linda Petersen’s wonderful life. This book is a heart-warming affirmation of the importance of human dignity and I highly recommend it for everyone, especially families with special needs children and individuals (like myself) who work with them.
I want a second edition bc it is amazing, so realistic
Buy this book, you will not put it down! Recommending to all my friends with kids, makes my two kids seem like a breeze..buy it now you won't regret it- working mom