Life Not Typical

Life Not Typical – Book

Typical. That is how you would describe a child that functions at an age appropriate level on most physical and cognitive tasks.

How do you prepare to handle a child that isn’t typical. One that has special needs, physical limitations, autism or sensory processing disorder?

Singer/Songwriter Jennifer Shaw had to come to terms with the fact that their son Toby was not typical. He would not run across grass or walk on sand. The wind hurt him and water seemed to burn him. These symptoms of sensory processing disorder threw typical out the window in their family and they had to implement major changes in their daily lifestyle.

In her new book Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song, Jennifer shares the life-altering events that seemed to snowball from the start of an ectopic pregnancy to the diagnosis and therapy of Toby’s SPD.

If your child has SPD, this book is sure to encourage you. If you think your child might have SPD it might allow you to recognize the symptoms. Jennifer also cites many potential options for therapy and assistance. While Toby’s case of SPD was quite severe (especially the issues he had for many years with food), there are varying degrees of SPD. Regardless of whether your child is “typical” or not – every mother can be encouraged by the message Jennifer writes about as she shares the positive influences in Toby’s life, her faith in God and knowing that there was a plan for Toby and their family amid it all.

Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song is available for purchase in paperback and Kindle on

I received a copy of this book for review purposes.


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