The answer to that question—based on the many such children with whom we have worked in our center—is that it can. Even among those children who show no apparent relationship with a parent, we have found that many can—with help—learn to establish such a positive relationship. In Chapter 5 I describe strategies that have been helpful in establishing or strengthening the bond between parent and child. There are, however, "ways of being" or styles that parents and professionals have with special children that work for and against forming a bond.
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When parents help their children learn to read, they help open the door to a new world. As a parent, you can begin an endless learning chain: You read to your children, they develop a love of stories and poems, they want to read on their own, they practice reading, and finally they read for their own information or pleasure. They become readers, and their world is forever expanded and enriched.