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

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ISBN-10: 1557048525

ISBN-13: 9781557048523

Edition: 2010

Authors: Anne Ford, John-Richard Thompson

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 3/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682

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.

Foreword
Introduction: Special Mothers
Before the Diagnosis
"Something's Not Quite Right": The Role of Mother's Intuition
"Why Can't She Get It?": Understanding Learning Disabilities
"He's Fine-He'll Grow Out of It": Delay vs. Learning Disability
Am I Alone in This?
"Just Let Him Be Three": Forms of Denial
What Should You Do First?
The Diagnosis
One Last Step Before the Diagnosis: Pre-Referral Services
"Should I Have Him Tested?": Requesting a Formal Evaluation
Records and Rights: Organizing Knowledge
"Does My Child Need Special Ed?": The Evaluation
Interpreting the Hieroglyphics: Evaluation Results
"Was It Something I Did?": Causes of Learning Disabilities
After the Diagnosis
Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings!: Eligibility Determination
IEP: The Individualized Education Program
A Mother's Frustrations, a Mother's Solutions
Advocacy: Advice from an Expert
Resolving Disputes
Special Fathers: They Are Out There
Friendship Is So Hard: The Social Side of LD
"Don't Forget About Me": Brothers and Sisters
How Are You Doing?: Taking Care of Yourself
Epilogue: Role of a Lifetime: Becoming Your Child's Advocate
Acknowledgments
Resources for Children with Learning Disabilities
Index