The ultimate survival guide for parents and educators navigating the muddy waters of raising children with behavioral differences.

Marianne Russo, the creator of The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Talk Radio Network, takes readers from that first step of accepting the reality of your new life to the true meaning of advocacy, empowerment and hope.

The chapters are weaved with touching, personal and sometimes funny accounts of her journey raising two daughters with uniquely different special needs.  Marianne has blended quotes and advice from the world renowned experts she has interviewed on her radio show to bring parents the most up to date information they so desperately need.



Whether you are just starting out on this incredible journey or have been traveling the unpredictable terrain of special needs parenting for a while, Marianne empowers and inspires readers with her messages of compassionate parenting for children and teens with behavioral issues.   Learn the language of positives and the importance of looking at your child with a whole new set of eyes. Understanding what makes these kids incredibly challenging can also give parents insight into what makes them brilliantly unique. The Life unexpected is not just for special needs parents and educators, it is for ALL parents and teachers looking to uncover a childs unique abilities and discover the wonder and marvel of the differences in every child.

Once dubbed “The Parents Advocate” Marianne also reminds us not to lose sight of the person behind the parent and shares how to not only survive, but enjoy YOUR life unexpected.

The Life Unexpected brings a new perspective and understanding to these bright and often times challenging kids and their incredible warrior parents.

To Know the road ahead ask those coming back – Chinese Proverb