Please give a warm welcome to our very first Guest poster, Tania Tirraoro….
This year so far, I’ve started writing two fiction novels. Got to ten thousand words with one, then left it to sit. Another one, which I will soon be taking up again, got to just a thousand. Why did I stop the second? Because I woke up one morning and knew I had to write a book to help parents with special needs children get the educational support they required.
It was a bolt from the blue and then again, it wasn’t. I have maintained a special educational needs site http://www.specialneedsjungle.co.uk since 2008. It has lots of advice to help parents but, that morning, I just knew I had to take it further and write a comprehensive guide to setting out a child’s needs in a methodical way to give the parent the best chance of securing help from the Local Education Authority (LEA).
Parenting is tough. It’s even more difficult when, when your child has a ‘hidden’ disability such as Asperger Syndrome, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or ADHD. Strangers are happy to judge you, teachers are ready to label the child lazy or thick or just plain badly behaved. Daily Mail readers are all too willing to stick the boot into parents of ADHD kids – of course, they’re all just bad parents who reach for the Ritalin and the Disability Living Allowance before you can say ‘firm discipline’. Continue reading
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