My Child’s Different

How positive parenting can unlock potential in children with ADHD and dyslexia

By: Elaine Halligan


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Size: 216 x 140mm

Pages : 192

ISBN: 9781785833281

Format: Paperback

Published: August 2018


Elaine Halligan’s My Child’s Different: How positive parenting can unlock potential in children with ADHD and dyslexia explores the enabling role that parents can play in bringing the best out of children who are seen as ‘different’ or ‘difficult’.

Foreword by Dr Laura Markham.

Society favours children, and adults, who conform. The notion that our children may be shunned for being ‘different’ breaks our hearts, but there is plenty we can do to help such children develop into thriving, resilient adults.

In My Child’s Different Elaine shares the true story of her son Sam, who by the age of seven had been excluded from three schools and was later labelled with a whole host of conditions – ranging from autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) to pathological demand avoidance (PDA), before finally being diagnosed with dyslexia. He had become ‘the Alphabet Kid’. His family never gave up on him, however…

Drawing lessons from Sam’s transformational journey from difficult child to budding entrepreneur, My Child’s Different offers encouragement to parents who may be concerned about what the future might hold, and demonstrates how – with the right support and positive parenting skills – their children can grow up to surprise and delight them.

The book chronicles Sam’s journey from birth to adulthood, allowing readers to spot past and present patterns that may be comparable with their own children’s experiences, and provides pragmatic parenting advice that will be of benefit to any parent whose children – who may or may not have a diagnosed learning difficulty – struggle with life educationally or socially. Elaine writes with warmth and compassion as she revisits the challenges faced, the obstacles overcome and the key interventions that helped instil in Sam a sense of self-belief, a drive to succeed and an emotional intelligence beyond his years.

Interspersed throughout the narrative are the reflections and insights of parenting expert Melissa Hood, who illustrates the key concepts from Sam’s story and shares practical positive parenting techniques to help parents better connect with their children. Also included are contributions from Sam himself – providing an additional, uniquely rich perspective that will help deepen parents’ understanding of their children’s feelings and emotions.

Suitable for parents, educators and anyone who works with children, My Child’s Different is a celebration of all the unique qualities that those who are different bring to society.

Chapters include:

  1. Us, and Our Blue-Eyed Boy (The Calm Before the Storm)
  2. I’m Sure It’ll All Be Fine (Pre-School)
  3. Naughty, Stupid Little Child (Primary School)
  4. There Has to Be Another Way (Out of School)
  5. This Changes Everything (Back to School)
  6. Revealing the Diamond (Secondary School)
  7. Moving On Up (Sixth Form)
  8. Anything Is Possible (Adulthood)

Click here to listen to the Parent Practice podcast.

Click here to listen to/watch Elaine Halligan offering some top tips to parents who are living with a child with special educational needs.

Click here to read Elaine’s interview in The Telegraph.

Click here to listen to Elaine’s podcast with The Extraordinary Business Book Club.

Click here to listen to Elaine’s podcast with How to Raise a Maverick.

Click here to listen to Elaine’s discussion with Conversations with Cyrus Webb.

Click here to listen to Elaine’s podcast ‘Late Night Parents’ on NY Radio.

Click here to listen to Elaine feature on ‘Top of Mind’ with Julia Rose on Sirius XM Satellite Radio/BYU Radio Network.

Click here to listen to Elaine’s interview with So Booking Cool!

Click here to listen to Elaine’s podcast interview with Teach Learning Leading K 12.


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Elaine Halligan

Elaine Halligan is a director at The Parent Practice and has been a parenting specialist since 2006, helping parents raise competent and confident children through parenting classes, private coaching and keynote speaking in schools and corporate settings both in the UK and overseas. She is frequently quoted in the broadsheet press and regularly appears on Sky News, BBC world news and BBC local radio. Her mission is to help parents find the holy grail of parenting: keeping calm and bringing out the best in their children.

Click here to listen to the Parent Practice podcast.

Click here to read Elaine's interview in The Telegraph.

Click here to listen to Elaine's podcast with The Extraordinary Business Book Club.

Click here to listen to Elaine's podcast with How to Raise a Maverick.

Click here to listen to Elaine's discussion with Conversations with Cyrus Webb.

Click here to listen to Elaine's podcast Late Night Parents' on NY Radio.

Click here to listen to Elaine's interview with So Booking Cool!

Click here to listen to Elaine's podcast interview with Teach Learning Leading K 12.

Click here to read Elaine Halligan’s blog.

 


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