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Winner of an iParenting Media Award!
Anne Addison was overwhelmed when she brought Jack home from the hospital. In those first few days, Anne had a vague intuition that something was not right. Two years later, Jack was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, speech and language delays, sensory integration problems, and subsequently, was found to have Asperger’s Syndrome. In this book, Anne shares the easy-to-implement strategies and solutions that she and her family found to the myriad of problems facing parents and those who work with children who are behaviorally challenging, from everyday life skills such as getting dressed and going to bed to crafting a circle of friends, effectively working with the school, encouraging hobbies and interests, and negotiating public situations. Winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award, One Small Starfish is a deep and compassionate story of one mother’s struggle and triumph to raise a child beyond what the world thought he could be.
About the Author
Anne Addison’s marketing success in the consumer packaged goods industry, founding of a management consulting firm, and health care background did not prepare her for the enormous challenges that laid ahead for her as a mother, but her courage, spirit, and faith did. Driven by a desire to understand and connect with a child who was in constant motion, Anne determined her way into her son’s world to learn what she must do to change the course of his life.
Anne Addison graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and earned a Masters of Business Arts from Kellogg School of Management. She worked for nearly ten years in marketing management for several Fortune 100 companies before she launched her own management consulting practice. Today, her son is a strong student and has been involved in outside sports, church choir, and music over the years. Anne lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
Table of Contents
The Diagnosis Process
What’s Going on Here?
The Evaluation Tango
Read the Label, Mabel
Are We There Yet?
School Days, School Days
One, Two, Three Strikes and You’re Out
A Different Kind of School
Navigating Everyday Life
In and Out of the Home
The Nuts and Bolts of Daily Life
We Don’t Want any Summertime Blues
To the Grand Canyon and Beyond
What’s Going on with the other Kids in the Family?
Fishing and Other Passions
Keeping the Party in Birthday Party
Grocery Shopping and other Potentially Embarrassing Places
Surviving a Crisis—Hitting Bottom and Back Again
Falling Apart at a Stop Sign
From the Hospital Waiting Room
Dealing with Doctors and Therapists
Don’t Buff and Polish My Kid, Thanks
The Twenty-Six Hour Doctor Visit
Outside the Standard Approach
Circle of Support
With a Little Help from My Friends
You and Your Better Half
Babysitters and Angels
Staying In Balance
The Sticker-Shirt Turn-Around
It’s What’s Inside That Counts
A Road Map of Life
Seize the Moment
Black, White, or Shades of Grey?
Logs and Tracking Tools
Point Sheet System