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My Child's Different

by Elaine Halligan

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LoveReading View on My Child's Different

Born from Elaine Halligan’s experiences of raising her son Sam, each chapter in My Child is Different deals with a specific stage of childhood and development. The format is simple and easy to follow when reading the book from cover to cover, or locating a specific age or time frame. 

Elaine’s story in its own right is insightful and honest, allowing the reader to find out about Sam’s development and some of the obstacles that were faced by the entire family.  The additional content from Melissa Hood deals specifically with the events in each chapter, any specific underlying causes as well as broader behaviour examples before efficiently providing a range of possible solutions or parenting changes that could help to provide a marked improvement. 

This book has something for everyone. The recollection of Elaine and Sam’s hard work and endurance is compelling; Melissa's helpful advice, explanations and techniques are perfect not only as parenting techniques but also as points for reflection for interacting with people in the world around you. In the Epilogue, Elaine states the ways that using positive parenting skills has made her more accepting and can help to get the best out of everyone. I would definitely recommend.


My Child's Different Synopsis

With contributions from parenting expert Melissa Hood. Drawing lessons from the transformational journey of a young man who was written off by society but went on to become a budding entrepreneur, My Child's Different explores the enabling role that parents can play in maximising the potential of children who are seen as `different' or `difficult'. In My Child's Different Elaine Halligan - a mother of two - tells the true story of her son Sam, who by the age of seven had been excluded from three schools and was later labelled as having a whole host of conditions, ranging from autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) to pathological demand avoidance (PDA) to severe dyslexia. He had become `the alphabet kid'. His parents never gave up on him, however, taking positive parenting courses and researching all kinds of different therapies to support him. They believed he was a good and capable person, and that belief in turn gave Sam resilience, grit and an ability to persevere in the face of adversity. My Child's Different is much more than a tale of one boy's educational challenges. It gives hope to all parents and carers who for a variety of reasons may be concerned about what the future holds for their children, and demonstrates how, with the use of positive parenting skills, all children's potential can be unlocked. My Child's Different is a celebration of all the unique qualities those who are different bring to society.

My Child's Different Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This book is a useful tool for for parents whose child is "slightly different", and who want to try and find out why. It can be a long road to diagnosis, but here you can find out some of the answers and learn about various neurodiverse conditions and their acronyms! Sadness, prejudice and reality sit alongside humour in this amazing book. Full review

Lizzy Dingemans

A must read for any parent or professional person coping with a child with challenging behaviour. Full review

Sue Packer

My Child's Different - a worthwhile read for everyone working with children and parents too Full review

Karen Kingston

Really insightful book which tells of a families journey as they navigate a diagnosis for their son Sam and the help and advice they receive on the way. Loved it. Makes you realise how every child is different and every family comes in a different size Full review

Katie Lonsdale

It wasn't what I expected although I was able to read the whole book. Full review

Diana Mason

An interesting book purely because of it's difference. Full review

Jen Moville

This book is about the struggles parents have with SEN children and the inspirational suggestions to help the child when they struggle. Full review

Maisie Hoang

An honest and inspirational true story of a family's journey in striving to discover a positive and supportive network for their son with special needs. The eventual result is a delight. Full review

Val Rowe

My Child's Different is a frank and honest account of how one Mum and family fought for her son's education in order for him to achieve his potential. A real eye opener. Full review

Glenda Worth

An informative and thought-provoking book, written in an accessible style. Sam's journey from troubled, misunderstood child to thriving adult is inspirational. A worthwhile read for parents, teachers and professionals working with young people. Full review

Sarah Hamid

A thought provoking refelction on the struggles of a family coming to terms with having a 'different' son. A great read for anyone struggling with a 'difficult' child. Full review

Helen Precious

My Child’s Different by Elaine Halligan is not only an inspiring memoir; it is also an informative and useful guide to positive parenting. Interesting and well-written! Full review

Angela Thomas

Having a child that has high functioning autism myself, I was quite keen to read about the struggles another family had encountered and got through. A great read to anyone with a "special" child. Full review

Sharon Butler

Potentially life-changing reading for parents and professionals. Full review

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781785833281
Publication date: 31/08/2018
Publisher: Crown House Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781785833281
Publication date: 31st August 2018
Author: Elaine Halligan
Publisher: Crown House Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, eBook Favourites, Parenting, The Real World,
Categories: Advice on parenting, Coping with personal problems,

About Elaine Halligan

Elaine Halligan is a director at The Parent Practice and has been a parenting facilitator and coach since 2006, providing private consultations as well as delivering hundreds of workshops within schools and nurseries across London and the Home Counties. She is frequently quoted in the broadsheet press and regularly appears on Sky News, BBC local radio and BBC world news.

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