Mothering Special Needs: A Different Maternal Journey by Anna Kingston

By Anna Kingston

'A mom examining this is able to think much less by myself as she moms her baby with exact wishes. execs and others may get a flavour of the problems for moms. interpreting this ebook may serve to aid them steer clear of the various pitfalls which reason loads anger and distress.'

- Rostrum

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

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This e-book explores the lived adventure of moms elevating a baby with a studying incapacity, via interviews with moms of kids with autistic spectrum ailment (ASD), consciousness deficit hyperactivity ailment (ADHD) and Down syndrome.

With widespread own bills from moms themselves, Mothering precise wishes encourages different girls who've youngsters with certain must realize and exhibit their very own aspirations and wishes for self-fulfilment. It addresses the social building of motherhood, discussing matters reminiscent of mother-blame and society's photographs of the self-sacrificing mom, within the context of elevating a baby with a studying incapacity. It additionally seems at real-life stories of operating with execs, giving examples of either solid and undesirable practice.

this can be a useful publication for moms in addition to for pros operating with households that come with young ones with disabilities.

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Others chose a more public approach by mobilizing people into action. 32 THE CHALLENGE OF MATERNAL VOICES ‘Mother power’: the rise of the disability movement Annie Ryan, mother of a boy with autism and learning disability, experienced the Irish state’s disregard for disabled children when her 12-year-old son had nowhere to go. Her frustration over the lack of services for the learning disabled in Ireland prompted her to write the book Walls of Silence, published in 1999. It describes the British legacy of mental hospitals, and how Ireland inherited these institutions built in early and middle Victorian times.

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. In 1866 Dr John Langdon Down gave name to this syndrome after publishing the first complete physical description of Down syndrome and showing how similar facial features affected people with this condition.

THE CHALLENGE OF MATERNAL VOICES (during the planning process of Fred’s new house neighbours objected and put a temporary halt to the building). Maud documents the feeling of losing herself in the middle of all this: ‘would it suddenly be enough to be just myself ? I had forgotten how to be Maud. 133). Maud’s decision to start living her own life again was very painful as it meant that Fred had to leave home permanently: ‘The decision nearly killed me. 142). Maud, a Swedish mother of a child with special needs, had done all in her power to fulfil the role of the perfect mother prepared to give her life for her son.

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