A Special Mother

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458716750
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Ford is the author of 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 National Center for Learning Disabilities from 1989 to 2001, and remains a committed advocate and frequent speaker on LD issues. The great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, she lives in New York City.

John-Richard Thompson is an award-winning playwright and novelist, who has collaborated with Anne Ford at NCLD and on her two previous books. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Judy Woodruff vii

Introduction: Special Mothers xi

Part I Before the Diagnosis

Chapter 1 "Something's Not Quite Right": The Role of Mother's Intuition 3

Chapter 2 "Why Can't She Get It?": Understanding Learning Disabilities 13

Chapter 3 "He's Fine-He'll Grow Out of It": Delay vs. Learning Disability 21

Chapter 4 Am I Alone in This? 33

Chapter 5 "Just Let Him Be Three": Forms of Denial 36

Chapter 6 What Should You Do First? 48

Part II The Diagnosis

Chapter 7 One Last Step Before the Diagnosis: Pre-Referral Services 55

Chapter 8 "Should I Have Him Tested?": Requesting a Formal Evaluation 60

Chapter 9 Records and Rights: Organizing Knowledge 67

Chapter 10 "Does My Child Need Special Ed?": The Evaluation 75

Chapter 11 Interpreting the Hieroglyphics: Evaluation Results 85

Chapter 12 "Was It Something I Did?": Causes of Learning Disabilities 91

Part III After the Diagnosis

Chapter 13 Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings!: Eligibility Determination 99

Chapter 14 IEP: The Individualized Education Program 107

Chapter 15 A Mother's Frustrations, a Mother's Solutions 120

Chapter 16 Advocacy: Advice from an Expert 132

Chapter 17 Resolving Disputes 143

Chapter 18 Special Fathers: They Are Out There 150

Chapter 19 Friendship Is So Hard: The Social Side of LD 162

Chapter 20 "Don't Forget About Me": Brothers and Sisters 170

Chapter 21 How Are You Doing?: Taking Care of Yourself 183

Epilogue: Role of a Lifetime: Becoming Your Child's Advocate 192

Acknowledgments 196

Resources for Children with Learning Disabilities 198

Index 201

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