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

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-02
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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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.

Author Biography

Anne Ford is the author of 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 National Center for Learning Disabilities from 1989 to 2001, and remains a committed advocate and frequent speaker on LD issues. The great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, she lives in New York City.

John-Richard Thompson is an award-winning playwright and novelist, who has collaborated with Anne Ford at NCLD and on her two previous books. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introduction: Special Mothersp. xi
Before the Diagnosis
"Something's Not Quite Right": The Role of Mother's Intuitionp. 3
"Why Can't She Get It?": Understanding Learning Disabilitiesp. 13
"He's Fine-He'll Grow Out of It": Delay vs. Learning Disabilityp. 21
Am I Alone in This?p. 33
"Just Let Him Be Three": Forms of Denialp. 36
What Should You Do First?p. 48
The Diagnosis
One Last Step Before the Diagnosis: Pre-Referral Servicesp. 55
"Should I Have Him Tested?": Requesting a Formal Evaluationp. 60
Records and Rights: Organizing Knowledgep. 67
"Does My Child Need Special Ed?": The Evaluationp. 75
Interpreting the Hieroglyphics: Evaluation Resultsp. 85
"Was It Something I Did?": Causes of Learning Disabilitiesp. 91
After the Diagnosis
Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings!: Eligibility Determinationp. 99
IEP: The Individualized Education Programp. 107
A Mother's Frustrations, a Mother's Solutionsp. 120
Advocacy: Advice from an Expertp. 132
Resolving Disputesp. 143
Special Fathers: They Are Out Therep. 150
Friendship Is So Hard: The Social Side of LDp. 162
"Don't Forget About Me": Brothers and Sistersp. 170
How Are You Doing?: Taking Care of Yourselfp. 183
Epilogue: Role of a Lifetime: Becoming Your Child's Advocatep. 192
Acknowledgmentsp. 196
Resources for Children with Learning Disabilitiesp. 198
Indexp. 201
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