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

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Oct 19, 2010 - 340 pages
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More than three million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a learning disability, and their parents, more often than not, feel at a loss as to where to turn for both practical and emotional help. Anne Ford, who raised her severely learning disabled daughter Allegra and became an advocate for LD children, understands this all too well. In A Special Mother, Ford offers reassurance and information on getting through the early period surrounding the diagnosis: * Guidance about coping with the emotional upheaval and confusion of a child's diagnosis * Information on getting an accurate diagnosis and understanding what it means * Advice on caring for your own psychological needs * Knowing your rights * Suggestions for striking a balance between advocacy and obsession Filled with voices of other mothers who have struggled with the issues of raising an LD child, A Special Mother lets parents know they are not alone, and that they can enable their child to thrive.
 

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Contents

Somethings Not Quite Right The Role
3
Hes FineHell Grow Out of It Delay
29
Just Let Him Be Three Forms of Denial
70
One Last Step Before the Diagnosis PreReferral
79
Records and Rights Organizing Your
96
Does My Child Need Special Ed?
107
Interpreting the Hieroglyphics Evaluation
121
Meetings Meetings and More Meetings
139
A Mothers Frustrations a Mothers Solutions
189
How Are You Doing? Taking Care of Yourself EPILOGUE Role of a Lifetime Becoming Your Childs
283
About the Authors 292 Resources for Children with Learning Disabilities
297
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Anne Ford served as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities from 1989 to 2001, and continues to work on behalf of people with learning disabilities. She recounted her experience raising a child with LD in the acclaimed memoir "Laughing Allegra". She lives in New York City. John-Richard Thompson is an award-winning playwright and novelist. He lives in New York City.

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