On Their Own
Author: Anne Ford
In 2003 Anne Ford (great-granddaughter of Henry Ford) published Laughing Allegra, about the struggles of raising her learning disabled daughter, and received a flood of letters from parents of children with LD, ADD, and ADHD, many expressing concerns about what to do as their children age. On Their Own is an invaluable road map to ease these parents' fears and answer their questions, especially the one that haunts them daily: Will or can their child be on their own, and how? In a candid, sympathetic style, alced with real-life stories, the book covers such topics as: *Social skills and dating *Staying healthy *Sibling Relationships*Interaction with employers and co-workers*Job hunting*Finding the right college or trade school*Estate planning Also included are a comprehensive resource guide and exclusive interviews with prominent professionals who have surmounted their learning disabilities: CEO's Sir Richard Branson, John Chambers, David Neeleman, and Charles Schwab, and former governor Gaston Caperton.
Author: Arthur Gillard
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Editor Arthur Gillard presents readers with multiple sides to current issues relating to learning disabilities. Is inadequate nutrition causing an increase in learning disabilities? Is stimulant medication an effective treatment for A.D.H.D.? Are environmental toxins causing an increase in learning disabilities? These questions and many more are debated and answered for readers. Essay sources include the International Dyslexia Association, Jan Farrington, Rebecca J. Frey, and Linda C. Neumann.
A Special Mother
Author: Anne Ford
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.
Author: Anne Ford, John-Richard Thompson
Publisher: Harper Collins
When Anne Ford, great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, learned that her four-year-old daughter Allegra’s “differences” were the result of severe learning disabilities, she faced a challenge that neither money nor position could ease. Desperate for answers, Anne sought out doctors, teachers, counselors, and others who could help her build a support network for herself and her daughter, while fighting the many common misconceptions and myths about learning disabilities. Now, in this fiercely honest and compelling memoir, Anne tells her story, writing movingly of her feelings as the mother of a learning disabled child. “I grew to accept that life is filled with uncertainty and that answers to the most simple, yet profound, questions such as ‘What is wrong with my daughter?’ can be elusive. I learned to be self-reliant in ways I never had before. I learned that every spark of optimism and hope was something to be nurtured and treasured because sometimes they were the only comfort available. And I learned that worry had entered my life.” In time, Anne Ford saw her daughter grow into a vibrant, loving, and independent adult with a passion for ice skating and a commitment to help other disabled children. Allegra Ford, now 32, lives independently and supported this book’s publication so “it could help other kids.” Anne’s experience led her to become a tireless activist on behalf of children and families faced with LD, including her service as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities from 1989 to 2001, and the writing of this book with John-Richard Thompson, an award-winning playwright and novelist. In addition to Anne’s personal story, Laughing Allegra includes four invaluable special sections: Answers to the most commonly asked questions about LD A resource guide on where to find help A discussion from a mother’s perspective on the challenges of homework, money, relationships, the work- place, and planning as the LD child and parents age A section on “Siblings and Secrets,” new in this paperback edition, inspired by Anne’s conversations with readers during her hardcover book tour.
The Stigmatized Child
Author: Anne Ford, John-Richard Thompson
Stigma is one of the meanest and most difficult aspects of having a child with learning disabilities and related disorders. We may not be able to change the way society feels overnight, but we can help lessen the pain caused by stigma. The answer is Acceptance and Resilience. In their new book, The Stigmatized Child: "Mommy, am I stupid?": Helping Parents Overcome the Stigma Attached to Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Lack of Social Skills, Anne Ford and John-Richard Thompson explore the different forms of stigma, such as the stigma faced by children from classmates and friends and from society. Parents, too can suffer the effects of stigma and often react by denying or trying to hide their child's disabilities. In The Stigmatized Child they share stories from other parents and their children, and offer advice from professionals on how to deal with the often painful and long-lasting effects of stigma.
This book is a guide for parents and teachers to learn efficient and effective ways to heal special needs children now. One in six children has a developmental disability and one in five is neurologically impaired, there is no time to wait for so-called experts to eventually figure out what to do. Time is of the essence and you can use this book to heal these chronically ill children now. This book has specific information to help children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and other special needs, covering what to do about vision issues. allergy issues, learning issues, pain issues, behavior issues, and academics. The book also covers information on how to navigate the educational system from pre-school school through college, vacationing with special needs children, and career ideas for beyond the school years. A must read for parents and teachers and therapists willing to do the work to do early intervention so that the children will be able to become happy, healthy, independent and self reliant.
This text offers practicing clinicians strategies, interventions, suggestions, guidance and ideas to work with adults struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and is intended as a reference to which clinicians will turn time and time again as issues or problems present themselves. The text will also provide a comprehensive review of the scientific literature and expand the development of an ongoing model to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Based in cutting-edge research in neuroscience, education, and the principles of attachment-based teaching, this important guide for parents offers tools and practices to help children transcend language-based learning difficulties, do better in school, and gain self-confidence and self-esteem. If your child has a language-based learning difficulty—such as dyscalculia, dyslexia, and auditory processing disorder—they may have to work twice as hard to keep up with their peers in school. Your child may also have feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, or shame as a result of their learning differences. As a parent, it hurts to see your child struggle. But the good news is that there are proven-effective strategies you can learn to help your child be their best. This book will show you how. Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities outlines an attachment-based approach to help your child succeed based in the latest research. This research indicates that a secure attachment relationship between you and your child actually optimizes their learning ability by enhancing motivation, regulating anxiety, and triggering neuroplasticity. In this book, you’ll discover why it’s so important to accurately assess your child, find new perspectives on LBLDs based on the most current studies, and discover tips and strategies for navigating school, home life, and your child’s future. Most importantly, you’ll learn how your own special bond with your child can help spark their interest in reading, writing, and math. Every child is unique—and every child learns in his or her own way. With this groundbreaking guide, you’ll be able to help your child thrive, in school and life.
Here, at last, is a book brimming with the good news of raising children—the basic reassuring news about happiness and unconditional love, about enduring family connections and kids who grow up right. Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., father of three and a clinical psychiatrist, has thought long and hard about what makes children feel good about themselves and the world they live in. Now, in The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, Dr. Hallowell shares his findings with all of us who care about children. As Dr. Hallowell argues, we don’t need statistical studies or complicated expert opinions to raise children. What we do need is love, wonder, and the confidence to trust our instincts. This inspiring book outlines a 5-step plan that all parents can use in giving their children the gift of happiness that will last a lifetime. Connection, play, practice, mastery, and recognition: as fundamental as these five concepts are, they hold the key to raising children with healthy self-esteem, moral awareness, and spiritual values. Dr. Hallowell explores each step in depth and shows how they work together to foster trust, respect, and joy. Privilege, wealth, and expensive “extras” are not necessary for happiness—there are many stories here of children who have overcome poverty, abandonment, and shocking deprivation to find true fulfillment. Dr. Hallowell encourages us as parents to reconnect with the moments in our own childhoods that made a difference; he explores the impact of genetics and environmental factors on the inner workings of a child’s mind; and he discusses how activities like team sports, community service, religious observance, and household chores can foster a child’s sense of mastery. Like the works of T. Berry Brazelton and Benjamin Spock, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness is infused with the wisdom and humanity of a doctor who truly loves and understands children. Writing with the warmth of a friend and the authority of an expert, Dr. Hallowell gives us a book at once practical and exuberant, joyous and informative, eye-opening and reassuring. Ultimately, this book is a celebration of childhood and of the magic that happens between parents and the children they love. From the Hardcover edition.
Raising a Daughter
Author: Jeanne Elium, Don Elium
Publisher: Celestial Arts
Girls are born believing that they can do anything, but our media-driven culture of mixed messages and conflicting values can make growing up a confusing and risky business. And for parents, it is a daunting responsibility to raise confident, independent daughters while still keeping them safe. Jeanne and Don Elium address such complex challenges as: • peer pressure and evolving social roles • emotional effects of physical changes • moodiness, eating disorders, and depression • the consequences of early sexuality • the gender gap between girls and boys • new research on ADD and ADHD in girls • daughters and single parenting Raising A Daughter guides parents through each stage of a girl’s development, from infant to toddler, through middle childhood, the teen years, and on into early adulthood. A bestseller since 1994, this newly revised classic offers a practical exploration of what it means to have a daughter, and a compassionate study of what it means to be a woman coming of age in today’s world.
A Regular Guy
Author: Laura Shumaker
Publisher: Laura Shumaker
Tells the story of Matthew, an autistic boy, through his mother's eyes, including how his behavior can bring out the best and worst in people and the ways in which he inspires others with his desire to be a "regular guy."
The groundbreaking, nationally recognized Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) provides rewarding learning and social opportunities for hundreds of people with intellectual disabilities. This new guide shows you how to use the innovative NCBC model to set up a successful book club where members read aloud together, improve literacy or read for the first time, and make lasting friendships as they discuss books every week at their local coffee shop or bookstore. Developed in 2002 by Tom Fish and his colleagues at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, the NCBC program now boasts more than 100 clubs. The authors share their experience, providing the practical, nuts and bolts steps you need to take to get a book club up and running. Clubs include five to eight members all ages and literacy levels are welcome -- and discussion is facilitated by two trained volunteers. Much like other book clubs, NCBC members choose how they want to structure their club and which books they want to read. This book covers all aspects of sponsoring, organizing and implementing a book club in any community. Facilitators get title suggestions, learn how to manage their group, use strategies to initiate or improve reading skills, and encourage social interaction. NCBC also provides ongoing training and support to facilitators. A handy CR-rom included in the book provides several dozen key forms and templates, such as Member and Facilitator Intake Forms; End-of Book Survey, and Scale of Literary Skills. The enrichment of the NCBC experience continues to exceed the expectations of everyone involved; no club has every disbanded! In addition to improving their reading skills and making friends, participants become connected to their community because they go regularly to a social meeting place where all kinds of people gather. Dont wait to set-up a book club in your neighborhood The Next Chapter Book Club tells you how. Its easy and fun. Teachers, parents, social service providers and prospective members will want a copy.
Ready for Take-off
Author: Theresa L. Maitland, Patricia O. Quinn
In todays world, getting accepted to college is only half of the battle. Staying in there is another matter altogether. And for students ADHD or learning disabilities, staying, thriving, and graduating from college can be very challenging even for the most academically prepared students. Ready for Take-Off lays out a plan to keep students with ADHD or LD in college by first teaching parents to prepare their teen for take-off and their first solo flight away from the home. This essential resource encourages parents to adopt a unique coaching-style approach in their parenting and urges parents to stop micromanaging their teens day-to-day life. Using college readiness surveys and handy worksheets, parents can objectively determine if they areplaying a productive or nonproductive role in their teenagers life and learn ways to promote self-determination, daily living and academic skills by using the time in high school to help their teen be ready for take-off in their teen while their teen is still in high school.