Review | The Special Parent’s Handbook

From food issues to advocating for your child, via handling meltdowns and battling with paperwork, The Special Parent’s Handbook addresses everything with the humour and practical advice that comes from hard-won first-hand experience. Whether your child’s issues are physical, mental, or emotional/behavioural, there is something here for you.… View Post

Eye contact in adopted children: attachment, FASD, or autism?

Charlotte (age 7) is struggling with eye contact. And therefore so are we. Is it an attachment issue, FASD, or even autism? How concerned should I be? And should I be starting the fight for yet another assessment? Where do I start to find out? What information is there about eye contact in adopted children? Here’s what I found out. Not today, thank you It’s hard to know what Charlotte wants at… View Post

Review | The Secrets of Successful Adoptive Parenting

I recently reviewed The Secrets of Successful Adoptive Parenting for the current issue of Adoption Today, the magazine for members of Adoption UK. (If you’re not a member, I recommend it – helpful magazines, local meet-ups, and an excellent conference.) Space is naturally limited in print, so here is a longer version of the review than the one I submitted. About the book This is a thorough guide to how to… View Post

A limerick for #WorldPoetryDay and #WorldSocialWorkDay

By happy coincidence today is both World Poetry Day and World Social Work Day. I wrote this humble offering in the car this morning before returning home from the school run. CPV: a limerick Social workers round here in the Shires Just don’t like it when someone enquires, ‘What help is there, please, to address CPV?’ They only talk at us about how we’re not allowed to restrain and there… View Post

Hello, goodbye (part two)

(If you missed it, or want a refresher, read part one.) Note: there are lots of sets of initials in this post, so there’s a glossary at the end if you need it. Hello again, Joanna’s therapist You may recall that as part of the long saga that was our still-not-fully-resolved battle with PAS in the autumn of 2016, PAS fell out with Joanna’s therapist (who was a fantastic advocate… View Post