Anne Ford is an experienced mom who has been through the trenches
and has written this book to guide you through the journey with
your child's learning disabilities, from pre-diagnosis to experienced
advocate. It is written with both sensitivity and practicality.
Having been there herself, Anne is able to write with compassionate
understanding of the concerns and worries parents face.
In addition to her own experience, Anne's book shares the wisdom
of several experts and of other moms and dads who share their insight
to shed light on this emotional issue. Especially geared toward
families just beginning this journey, A Special Mother walks
you through diagnosis and ultimately to an acceptance of that diagnosis
before moving onward, step-by-step, through evaluations, record-keeping,
and education plans. I found the section on record-keeping to be
most enlightening with its excellent advice on which records to
keep, how to store them, and even how to share records and notes
so that they have the most impact with the school system and with
doctors. Special attention is also given to relationships: playmates
for your child, sibling situations, support for parents, and marriage
The book is a beautiful blend of sensitive encouragement and practical
solutions. With gentle care, it guides you through fears and frustrations.
And with eye-opening clarity, it helps you set goals and find answers.
If you or someone you know has a child with learning disabilities
or related disorders, I cannot recommend this book highly enough
for practical and emotional support along the way.