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A Special Mother: Getting Through the Early Days of a Child's Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities and Related Disorders
     

A Special Mother: Getting Through the Early Days of a Child's Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities and Related Disorders

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by Anne Ford, John-Richard Thompson
 

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All mothers experience worries and fears about their children, but none can compare with the early days when a mother feels something's not quite right. Anne Ford knows the feeling. She's had it herself, having raised a daughter with severe learning disabilities, and has gone on to share experiences with others during her many years as a volunteer with the National

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All mothers experience worries and fears about their children, but none can compare with the early days when a mother feels something's not quite right. Anne Ford knows the feeling. She's had it herself, having raised a daughter with severe learning disabilities, and has gone on to share experiences with others during her many years as a volunteer with the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

To bring comfort, support, and hard information to mothers-and fathers, too-in the early period surrounding the diagnosis, here is the book that Anne wishes she'd had years ago when she first received the news about her daughter and didn't know where to turn for the practical and emotional help she desperately needed.

Filled with essential advice and the voices of other mothers whose children have LD and related disorders such as Asperger's and ADHD, A Special Mother lets parents know they are not alone and that they can help their child to thrive. This invaluable book addresses such matters as:

Understanding Learning Disabilities and Related Disorders

What Should You Do First?

Interpreting Evaluation Results

Resolving Disputes

Special Fathers: They Are Out There

The Social Side of LD

Advocacy vs. Obsession

How Are You Doing?: Taking Care of Yourself

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557048523
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Anne Ford's previous books are the acclaimed memoir Laughing Allegra, about raising her severely learning-disabled daughter, and On Their Own: Creating an Independent Future for Your Adult Child with Learning Disabilities and ADHD. She served as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities from 1989 to 2001. The daughter of Henry Ford II, she lives in New York City and lectures widely on LD and ADHD issues.

John Richard-Thompson, an award-winning playwright and novelist, collaborates with Anne Ford on her books.

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A Special Mother: Getting Through the Early Days of a Child's Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities and Related Disorders 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ShellinStL More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent source for parents going thru the initial stages of the Special Education system - it will let you know what to expect (in a generalized way, because SpEd depts vary district to district) and gives important advice in how you should deal with the IEP process. This book is also an advocate for YOU as a parent, & will give you insight to help you take care of YOU. This book stresses the importance of your role of the advocate for your child. If you don't fight for what your child needs, who will? The author focus's on the parents feelings of "the diagnosis" and what it means to you, your family, and your hopes and dreams for your child. Whether a we admit it or not, from the time our child is born we have a "vision" of what they can become. The realization that our child no longer fits into that particular vision is profound on a parents psyche. The author discusses how the parent needs to go thru their own internal process to deal with the feelings of guilt, hopelessness, depression and anger that surface when realizing that your child is not going to be able to fit that vision. She gives direction on what you can do to get through those feelings. You have to get through your own inner turmoil before you can really be able to help you child. It really takes a SPECIAL PARENT to champion a special needs child. What I hope readers eventually realize - and this will come years into dealing with both the Special Ed environment and the medical professionals who are all part of THE TEAM to champion your child - is that you can be at peace with what GOD has given you in this challenge. You CAN find incredible joy and inspiration in seeing what your child can accomplish regardless of the obstacle of hers/his disability. Your child will help you see the world in a whole new light.... and this book is perfect to help guide you through those first steps, and thru the first few years. Take the advice, be informed, be a champion for your child; and most of all - love them for who they are.
tinasloan More than 1 year ago
Anne Fords latest book A SPECIAL MOTHER deals with the emotional side not just the technical side of finding out what to do when your child "seems different". She was confronted with her mothers intuition that her daughter was just not doing what other children were doing at the same age. But like every mother interviewed she overrode that intuition because she wanted to believe she was being silly and seeing things that weren't there. She knew deep inside there was a problem but didnt want to face it and made excuses so she wouldn't have to face the truth. When she finally could no longer hide from Allegras disability, the pain really began. This book is a bible to carry with you all the time, a companion to help guide as you find your way to help your child who has a learning disability. A mother is lost and has no idea where to go or who to turn to. But with A SPECIAL MOTHER all the help is there to find a path. It is there to give hope to mothers just starting out and it is there for mothers who have been dealing with the needs of their children but forgetting their own psychological and emotional needs. It is a generous gift of experience and help. It is so wonderful to know someone else "gets it" and Anne Ford does "get it". She has been there and gotten through it as have so many mothers she interviewed for the book. It is special as she is and special as her daughter Allegra is and as every mother is and it is a great help to all of us.