Nationally Recognized Voice on Special Needs Parenting Issues


Here’s what others are saying about Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations

“Judy Winter’s book Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations inspires the reader to rethink, reframe, and reevaluate their expectations and parenting style. Her style is empowering, inspiring, and will help children with special needs everywhere.“

Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.
#1 New York Times bestselling author of If Life is a Game,
These are the Rules. Ten Rules for Being Human

A Word from Brooke Ellison

“There are very few guarantees in our lives, and it is impossible to ever predict what lies ahead of us. I know this as I have experienced it firsthand when tragedy struck my family and me in 1990. Yet, what keeps us all able to continue to make a difference, irrespective of the challenges we might face, is the very presence of loved ones in our lives. Judy Winter’s book Breakthrough Parenting is a valuable testament to that very idea, and it spoke to so many of the most difficult and most rewarding aspects of my life over the past 15 years.

When difficulties arise, we are forced to reevaluate both our expectations for our future, as well as the sources of our strength and encouragement. At the same time, there is never a need to underestimate what we all can accomplish together. Through Judy’s thoughtful words and insightful examples, she makes clear how the perseverance of any individual can reach heights otherwise unexpected, and it is directly through works like Breakthrough Parenting that hope can be restored to people facing the most adverse of circumstances. I commend Judy Winter for expressing so honestly the gifts that can be brought about by a commitment to love and defiance against all odds. Her work is one that ought to be taken to heart, regardless of personal situation, as it stands as a tribute to what all people can achieve and what lies at the heart of the human spirit.”

Brooke Ellison, M.A.

John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, 2004

Author of Miracles Happen: One Daughter, One Mother, One Journey

Candidate for United States Senate/New York

“Judy Winter's book is a wonderful story filled not only with practical insights, but also with inspirational ideas for how parents can imagine a future filled with high hopes for every child.”

Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D. Chairman of the Board of Special Olympics

“The abiding desire for self-worth is every person’s deepest need. The challenge is to replace negative self image with one of worth and value that says I am somebody! In Breakthrough Parenting, Judy Winter encourages us all to celebrate the value of children with special needs, while challenging parents and professionals to make decisions that help these children achieve heights rarely imagined. This wonderful book is a tribute to the power of faith, optimism, and possibility thinking. Breakthrough Parenting will provide hope and inspiration to all families challenged by special needs.”

Dr. Robert H. Schuller

Founding Pastor, Crystal Cathedral Ministries/Hour of Power

New York Times bestselling author/Author of 36 books, including Don't Throw Away Tomorrow: Living God's Dream for Your Life

“I always say my family encouraged me to work hard, pursue my dreams and believe in myself—remember, it’s about ability, not disability! I believe Ms. Winter will influence many parents and give them a positive outlook in raising their children. Judy Winter, thank you for being a very special parent.”

Chris Burke, Actor

aka ‘Corky’ from ‘Life Goes On’

“In this exceptional book, author Judy Winter delivers inspiring success stories, specific resources, parent-tested strategies, and validating words readers can use to help their children achieve better lives. Highly recommended.”

Sam Horn

Author of Tongue Fu!

Emcee of Maui Writers Conference

“Breakthrough Parenting is the essential companion for parents and professionals who care for individuals with special needs.” (From the book’s Foreword).

Gail Williamson, Executive Director

Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles

Mother of Blair Williamson, an actor with Down Syndrome

“I spent six years as a single parent raising children with some milder learning and developmental challenges. Even today, facing those teen years is difficult. How I wish I’d had Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs earlier in this journey. Judy Winter understands the time it takes to navigate the healthcare system and the toll it takes emotionally. She steps readers through everything from how to deal with daily life, which can be substantially more challenging, to how to advocate for your child’s growing needs.”

Loriann Hoff Oberlin

Author of Surviving Separation and Divorce & co-author of The Angry Child

I think Judy Winter's book would be the best gift any parent of a special needs child could receive. My deepest gratitude to Judy for helping us shed light and hope on a matter that far too often is not even mentioned.

Mari Conners, Editor
About Families

In Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs, Judy Winter challenges families and professionals to help children with special needs to reach their full potential through a motivational, how-to approach that works. The book states the importance of focusing on ability, not disability, and provides encouragement through inspiring success stories of parents and caregivers who have been there. Breakthrough Parenting will help change lives.”

Susan Titus Osborn , Author of 28 books,

including A Special Kind of Love: For Those Who Love Children with Special Needs

"Judy Winter's book Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations requires me to alter my beliefs and academic content in my instruction to special education teachers, and adds another dimension to the preparation of teachers working with special need students. In fact, Breakthrough Parenting requires all teachers to think differently when working with parents and families of children with special needs. As professionals, we need to raise the bar when interacting with parents. Thank you, Judy, for this insightful, thought-provoking and attitude-changing book."

Edna Felmlee , Instructor

Special Education Coordinator / Special Education Internship

Michigan State University

“Judy Winter’s book Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations will be a welcomed addition into the libraries of all parents whether or not they have a child with a disability. Her words resonate with readers, offering compassionate insight and challenging advice for adults who work with children. As an editor of several parenting and general educational publications, I have always looked to Judy to provide a regular dose of practical tips laced with humor, grace and inspiration—for all families.”

Linda Wacyk, Communications Manager

Michigan Association of School Administrators

Editor of Wonder Years, Ages 0-5

(Recipient of Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Reporting from the Association of Educational Publishers)

“Judy Winter’s book, Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations is a rare combination of a well-researched, compassionate and no-nonsense, how-to parenting guide for all children. As a licensed psychotherapist in private practice for 30 years, this book will be a must read for my clients with children with special needs and in my professional library as a reference for all the parents I work with. Judy Winter’s book reaffirms hope and offers an inspired path for children with special needs. Breakthrough Parenting will help change the field for families and professionals.”

Clare Leach
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Aspen, Colorado

“Accolades to Judy Winter, my dear friend of 30 years! Her book Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations will encourage, enlighten and enrich every reader. Ann Frank once said, ‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’ Judy Winter is doing it eloquently.”

Ronna Robbins, Special Educator

Detroit Public Schools

“I have been an obsessive reader all my life and I treasure those writers who are able to communicate issues in a way that make you think rather than react. Judy Winter has this ability. As the mother of two children with special needs I have been inspired by Winter’s strength and compassion during a time of great challenges for her family. As a reader, I have been impressed by her ability to tell a story in a way that touches the heart."

Annie Lewis, Michigan mom of two sons with Asperger’s Syndrome

“Thank you for your honesty and willingness to share your story about raising a child with special needs— and for advocating on behalf of those who cannot always speak for themselves. You are a voice of hope, one that has given me the courage I needed to continue to advocate for my thirteen-year-old son who has autism.”

Debi Rasmussen, Michigan Mom of Three Children