By Kelly Harland

ISBN-10: 1843108690

ISBN-13: 9781843108696

ISBN-10: 1846426812

ISBN-13: 9781846426810

Kelly Harland's tales discover her son's lifestyles to the age of 14, and the hot and unforeseen universe she and her husband - either specialist musicians - needs to learn how to navigate with him. Will's fears, anxieties and obsessions can dominate lifestyle, creating a journey to the grocer look like a stroll throughout a minefield. yet amidst those unpredictable "flip-outs" and "freak-outs," there are moments of ask yourself. while Will ultimately learns the provide and take of dialog or goals approximately his destiny, it rekindles his mother's trust that whatever is feasible.

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She, in black sleeveless dress and barefoot, gazing dreamily into the camera from her window perch in a castle overlooking Portofino. At the end of the trip there was Venice. The first night we arrived, we were lost trying to find the restaurant and we ran across a million little bridges, laughing. The sunset and twinkle-lights popped up all around. On the canals, the gondolas were floating past as if ordered there by David Lean. The waiter at the restaurant brought us cannelloni from heaven. The next morning we found a café and the perfect cappuccino and set off to explore the city.

Once Will’s lunch was stolen right from under his nose, something so easily accomplished by kids who knew they can get away with it. He could not report it, or ask for something else to eat. ” The teachers are on the lookout; the students are generally sweet and kind. But even when questioned at the end of his day, William can’t formulate sentences well enough to tell me anything about school; or else he refuses to, in his not-so-atypical desire to keep home separate from the classroom. What goes on there, every day, that a mother can’t know about?

I was a legitimate, bona fide elementary school mom. Two years ago I’d been feeling rather helpless about Will’s education. I believed we’d have to enroll him in a private school in order to get him the attention he required, but Will’s dad and I went to look at many of those schools, the best, most expensive ones in Seattle, and none of them seemed to be equipped to handle all the stuff we’d be bringing with us. In the public schools, we found “special” classes, separated from the regular rooms, but we went to observe them and quickly knew that our son needed to be in a setting with typically developing kids, the way he had been in preschool.

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