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The Apple Tree

Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities and Remaining Sane

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.


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!

Customer Reviews

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 it now you won't regret it- working mom

"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.

The Apple Tree
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Parenting
  • Published: May 12, 2012
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • Seller: BookBaby
  • Print Length: 255 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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