Raising Will

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 15 Jul 2019

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A really insightful, honest, look at raising a child with ADHD. I promise you that if you read this book it will help and you will be able to relate to this book in lots of different ways.
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This book gives a true story account of raising a child with ADHD. I learnt a lot about ADHD, as well as the impact it can have not only on the child but also the family. I really enjoyed getting to know more about William and his adventures through school. The book goes someway to describe the mother’s & father’s feelings, but I’d like to have heard a little more about this. And, whilst I appreciate the book is focussed on William - I would’ve liked to find out a bit more about his sister Emma. 

Overall, an informative and emotive read.
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"I'd have to trust in the process.  Diagnosis or not, he'd be the same little boy I'd loved from the very beginning."

As a mother of a child with Autism and possibly ADHD as well, this book really resonated with me.  I loved the author's honesty about the hardships of  raising a child with a behavioral disorder.  What impacted me the most was her battles with William's teachers over the years.  My son was fortunate enough to attend a high needs preschool for the past two years, where his teachers followed his IEP to the letter and gave him as much support in the classroom as possible.  However, next year he'll be attending a brand new school and starting Kindergarten and, to be perfectly honest, I'm scared sh*tless.  I hope and pray that they work with him to the best of their abilities so that he can perform to the best of his abilities. 

Throughout William's story, I could picture my son doing the exact same things as him - the fear of food, being particular about clothing, rambling on for hours about a subject I know next to nothing about it (in our house Star Wars is life), and the hyperactivity and inability to sit for extended periods.  I think that every parent of a child with ADHD should read this book.  I learned so much about ADHD and the treatments and therapies available for it, and I highly recommend others read William's story as well.  

My one con was that I felt like the ending was a little rushed, and I kind of wanted a little "this is where William is now" blurb at the end too.  I hope that Katherine writes a follow up book and talks about William's experiences in College since that's such a massive step for all kids in general, but especially for kids with behavioral disorders.
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Dr. Quil magnificantly encompasses the trials, emotions, and joys of helping children with special needs, both as a parent and as a provider. She makes it easy to empathize and root for her and her son as they figure out the best ways to help him become all he can be and to embrace his strengths in music.
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This book really struck a chord, as I am a special ed teacher and very familiar with ADHD. The struggles that Quie endures are so familiar, yet so debilitating to a lot of parents. As a reader, I laughed with her, cried with her, and got angry for her. The writing and theme of the book are definitely enough to keep the reader hooked.
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Really enjoyed this. Refreshing read, great job. Full review on the blog coming shortly. . Really great job!
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