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By Anna Kingston

'A mom interpreting this may consider much less by myself as she moms her baby with designated wishes. execs and others may get a flavour of the problems for moms. studying this booklet may serve to assist them steer clear of the various pitfalls which reason a lot anger and distress.'

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'An exam of the reports of moms elevating youngsters who've ASD, ADHD and Down syndrome, together with an exam of operating with professionals.'

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This publication explores the lived adventure of moms elevating a baby with a studying incapacity, via interviews with moms of youngsters with autistic spectrum disease (ASD), realization deficit hyperactivity ailment (ADHD) and Down syndrome.

With widespread own bills from moms themselves, Mothering exact wishes encourages different ladies who've young children with designated must realize and show their very own aspirations and wishes for self-fulfilment. It addresses the social development of motherhood, discussing matters reminiscent of mother-blame and society's photos of the self-sacrificing mom, within the context of elevating a toddler with a studying incapacity. It additionally appears to be like at real-life stories of operating with execs, giving examples of either reliable and undesirable practice.

this is often a useful publication for moms in addition to for pros operating with households that come with childrens with disabilities.

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A residential place in a school in Belfast was available, and Tom went there at the age of seven. Annie Ryan and her family made this choice in order for the rest of the family to function and for Annie Ryan to keep up her job as a teacher: ‘But we always told him we would never abandon him and we never did’ (phone conversation with Annie Ryan, 2004). Rights-based legislation: Sweden one step ahead The mother of Fred – Maud Deckmar – has many things in common with Annie Ryan. Fred was born in Sweden in 1975 with autism and a severe learning disability.

The second part of the chapter is devoted to the experience of living with a child with a learning disability. I discuss the themes of grief, coping, stress and depression, and give examples of what the mothers find helpful to get on with their lives. The chapter also explores the main causes of stress and depression and how these experiences affect the mother’s quality of life. An important part of this framework is the mothers’ relationship with professionals and service providers. 49 MOTHERING SPECIAL NEEDS Knowing from the beginning: Down syndrome Down syndrome is one of the most common syndromes associated with a learning disability and was also the first to be identified as a syndrome.

60). 65). Many children with autism become obsessed with objects, which in our world are only objects, but in their world mean something else. McDonnell’s own high-functioning boy with autism was, at different stages, fascinated with light switches, screwdrivers, pipes, scales and thermometers: ‘For the parent of the autistic child, such difference can be profoundly unsettling. 65). McDonnell also discusses how some mothers, in the gaze of people in public, are tempted to punish their child for behaviours that would have passed unnoticed at home.

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