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Instructions Not Supplied

A story of adoption, autism and coming together as a family

Julie Otto and foreword by Ken Aitken

Steve and Julie Otto quickly discovered that their children were different from others, and not just because they were adopted. This is the inspiring story of how they and their sons rose to the challenges they faced and came together as a family like no other.

Size: 198 × 129 × 356 mm / 7.81 × 5.06 × 14 in200 PagesISBN: 9781788600255
Publication: June 21, 2018

B format paperback

  • £12.99

Instructions Not Supplied is the account of one family’s experience in adopting three children, each of whom turned out to have special needs, and the challenges they have faced along the way. Some of the difficult situations they have faced are simply part of a family life; others are as a direct result of the children's disabilities and difficulties, including autism, attention deficit hyper-activity disorder, foetal alcohol syndrome, attachment disorder and sensory issues.

A story of adoption, autism and coming together as a family, this book describes with honesty and humour how the behaviour of the children has often challenged the adults around them. It also explores the process of diagnosis and the difficulty of getting the right support both for the children and their parents, with insights for all parents and teachers of children with complex needs.

The book is a unique insight into the twin challenges of adoption and disability, an invaluable read for prospective adopters and adoptive parents as well as natural parents of children with additional support needs. It is equally valuable for practitioners, as it gives an insight into the family life of those parenting such children and how best to support them.

Julie Otto lives in Fife, Scotland with her husband Steve, their three children, four dogs, three cats and two tortoises. An accomplished golfer, who has represented her country in international events, she's found life very different since adopting her boys. In Instructions Not Supplied, Julie gives a frank and honest account of what it means to be the parent of adopted children and how she and Steve realised that their children were different. Struggling to come to terms with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder for all three boys, Julie developed her knowledge and understanding of this and other related conditions, learning what it means to parent three very different children, each with their unique needs, and building a family unlike any other. She is now a speaker and campaigner for greater awareness of adoption and parenting children with special educational needs / additional support needs.

Dr Ken Aitken is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Health and Wellness, University of Glasgow, Researcher at the Rivers Centre, Edinburgh, External Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, External Associate at the University of Sao Paolo and Ad Hoc Advisor on Autism to the Scottish Minister for Health.

Acknowledgements
Foreword – By Dr Ken Aitken
Introduction
Who We Are
Chapter One – How It All Began
• Preparing for a child the adoptive way
• Being assessed
• Considering and having a child
• Our second son
• Completing our family
• The legal process
Chapter Two – Is My Child Different?
• It’s because he’s adopted
• Early play and toddler groups
• Attending nursery
• Starting school
• Why is he behaving that way?
• Understanding the differences
Chapter Three – What Is Wrong With My Child?
• Is my child autistic?
• Well that explains everything
• Developmental Delay and Leaning Disability
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
• Sensory Processing  
• Attachment Disorder

Chapter Four – School Life and Home Life
• Attending a mainstream school
• From one school to another
• The impact of school life on home life
• Activities after school
• When it all goes wrong how wrong can it go?
• Educating the teachers about my child
Chapter Five – Medication and Other Interventions
• Can I make my child better?
• Psychology advice and intervention
• Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
• Befriending
• Parent Awareness Programme Autism Spectrum
Chapter Six – The Big Questions
• Nature versus nurture?
• What lessons can be learnt?
• What changes could be made?
• Where will the future take us?
Bibliography

Format: B format paperback

Size: 198 × 129 × 356 mm / 7.81 × 5.06 × 14 in

200 Pages

Copyright: © 2018

ISBN: 9781788600255

Publication: June 21, 2018


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