While Allegra's disabilities are unique (as with each LD child), the feelings of pain, frustration, shame, and guilt felt by Anne are shared to a varying degree by all parents of a child with LD. As Anne writes, "When Allegra was diagnosed, I needed information to explain her condition and what I could do to help her, but I also needed a guide to the heart…I needed to connect with someone who had been through it already and could offer words of comfort and the most simple reassuring statement a parent can hear: 'Your child will be fine.' I didn't have that, and that is my reason for writing this book, to enlighten parents and give them hope and help guide them on the oftentimes treacherous journey."
In addition to her personal story, Anne includes three 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 concerning homework, money, relationships, the workplace, getting around, and planning as the child with LD and the parents age.
As for Allegra's thoughts about her mom writing this book, the introduction conveys her message: "I think mom has done well…telling people out there that you CAN get help…I didn't want my life in a book at first [and] we talked it over and thought about it. If it helps other kids then we should do it and so I told my mom OK."
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: A Guide to the Heart||xiii|
|Part I||Laughing Allegra|
|1||Baby Girl Uzielli||7|
|2||Why Are You Wandering Off Again?||19|
|3||A Beautiful Squiggle||30|
|4||She Doesn't Belong Here||40|
|6||First Day of School||59|
|7||A Great Gentleman Comes into Our Lives||68|
|8||Sprinkle a Little Pixie Dust||77|
|An Epilogue: It Can Be Done||133|
|Part II||Questions Parents Ask|
|Your First Questions||139|
|Your Legal Rights: Learning How to be a "Difficult" Parent||154|
|Part III||A Mother's Perspective|
|The Power of Words: Words Should Be Weighed, Not Counted||163|
|Homework: The Battle Zone||168|
|Mothers and Fathers: Understanding Each Other||172|
|On Their Own: Challenges of Life||176|
|From Here to There: The Challenges of Getting Around||179|
|Finances: The Challenges of Money||184|
|Employment: Challenges in the Workplace||186|
|Getting Along: The Challenges of Relationships||192|
|When I Am Gone: A Parent's Final Challenge||198|
|Part IV||Resource Guide for Parents|
|About the Authors||239|
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