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

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Harper Collins, Feb 9, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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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

 

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Contents

IS IT ME?
SPOTTING A PROBLEM EARLY
LISTEN TO YOUR INTUITION
WHAT IS A LEARNING DISABILITY?
DO LEARNING DISABILITIES INVOLVE ONLY ACADEMICS?
IS THERE A CURE FOR LD?
IS LD THE SAME AS AUTISM OR ASPERGERS SYNDROME?
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY PRESCHOOLAGED SON HAS LD OR IF HE IS DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAYED?
AS DIFFICULT AND INEFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE
HIRING AN ADVOCATE
GETTING A LAWYER INVOLVED
WHEN THE SCHOOL SAYS NO TO SERVICES
YOU AND YOUR CHILDS SCHOOL
LEVELS OF DISPUTE
HE DOESNT SEE THIS THE SAME WAY I DO
HE COULDNT FIX IT

DIFFERENCE DELAY AND DISORDER
A WORD ABOUT READING
PARALYZED INTO INACTION
IGNORING THE EVIDENCE
A WORD ABOUT LABELS
What Is Child Find?
PREREFERRAL SERVICES
RESPONSETOINTERVENTION
JOURNALING
PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS WHEN REQUESTING AN EVALUATION
LEARN FROM ALEXS EXPERIENCE
THE INITIAL EVALUATION
PRIVATE EVALUATIONS
TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT THE EVALUATION
WHAT IS IT?
WHO DOES THE EVALUATION?
THE EVALUATION REPORT
THE ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION MEETING
THE IEP MEETING
DEVELOPING THE IEP
FINALIZING THE IEP
A FINAL WORD ABOUT THE IEP
HE DOESNT LIKE THE BATTLE
A SPECIAL FATHER
ADVICE TO A FATHER FROM A FATHER
DIFFICULTY WITH SOCIAL SKILLS
OTHER PARENTS PREJUDICES
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
SUNNY AND WINDY
JAMES AND CHARLIE
HOW TO FOCUS ON YOUR NEEDS
THIS TOO SHALL PASS
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About the author (2010)

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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