If your child has recently been diagnosed with a learning disability you may well be at a loss as to where to turn for 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 shows parents how to get through the early period surrounding the diagnosis, and offers advice on: coping with the emotional upheaval and confusion of a child's diagnosis; getting an accurate diagnosis and understanding what it means; navigating the system; caring for your own psychological needs; educating yourself and knowing your rights; and 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.
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.