How We Survived Our Difficult Child and Learned to Thrive

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Chipmunkapublishing ltd, Jun 1, 2011 - 160 pages
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DescriptionThis is the true story of Ben, who has an undiagnosed disorder, which manifests itself in unpredictable behaviour. It is told by Freda Malian, a practising psychotherapist for over 30 years, with the help of her husband, various relatives and friends. The book illustrates in chronological order their mammoth struggle from Ben's birth to the present, 35 years on. In it, Freda shares how she and her husband survived many years of turmoil and suffering, learning so much about their dark sides and how they discovered their untapped strength and stamina. On their journey with their son they often sought professional help. They never abandoned Ben because they loved him and he was their son forever. In some strange way he became the glue that bound them and they are grateful to him for all he has taught them. Freda Malian's intention in chronicling Ben's story is to provide insight and hope to both parents and professionals by offering a unique, reflective account of her struggle to understand her son who does not fit the norm but who nonetheless has deserved her loving attention. About the AuthorFreda Malian is a wife, mother, grandmother and practising psychotherapist. In her spare time she enjoys playing with her grandchildren, walking either alone or with friends, singing, reading and hanging upside down in a Pilates studio.
 

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Contents

BEGINNINGS
7
THE FIRST YEAR
12
ONE YEAR OLD
13
TWO YEARS OLD
14
THREE YEARS OLD
22
FOUR YEARS OLD
31
FIVE YEARS OLD
33
SIX YEARS OLD
36
TWENTY YEARS OLD
86
TWENTYONE YEARS OLD
89
TWENTYTWO TWENTYSEVEN YEARS
93
TWENTYTWO TWENTYFOUR YEARS OLD
94
TWENTYFIVE YEARS OLD
102
TWENTYSIX YEARS OLD
105
TWENTYSEVEN THIRTY YEARS
108
TWENTYSEVEN YEARS OLD
109

SEVEN YEARS OLD
39
EIGHT YEARS OLD
40
NINE YEARS OLD
48
TEN YEARS OLD
51
ELEVEN YEARS OLD
53
TWELVE YEARS OLD
58
THIRTEEN YEARS OLD
61
FOURTEEN YEARS OLD
68
FIFTEEN YEARS OLD
69
SIXTEENTWENTY YEARS
70
SIXTEEN YEARS OLD
71
SEVENTEEN YEARS OLD
73
EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD
77
NINETEEN YEARS OLD
84
TWENTYEIGHT YEARS OLD
113
TWENTYNINE YEARS OLD
115
THIRTY YEARS OLD
117
THIRTYONE THIRTYFIVE YEARS
125
THIRTYONE YEARS OLD
126
THIRTYTWO YEARS OLD
130
THIRTYTHREE YEARS OLD
139
THIRTYTHREE YEARS OLD
145
THIRTYFOUR YEARS OLD
150
THIRTYFIVE YEARS OLD
153
REFERENCES
156
APPENDIX
157
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