Parenting a child with Asperger Syndrome is never easy, and adding ADHD to the psychological mix makes life even more difficult. In this searingly honest account of bringing up her son, Luke, Jan Greenman challenges common perceptions of a "life with labels," and recalls her family's 18-year journey to the edge and back.
Jan recalls how Luke's diagnoses first came about, and how life at "The Edge," their aptly named family home, changed as a result. She describes the behaviours associated with Luke's conditions, and the impact they had on each family member, and takes a light-hearted look at his more unusual habits and obsessions. The book includes tips from Jan, Luke, and Luke's sister, Abbi, and goes beyond Luke's childhood to look at his life as a teenager - his eventful solo trip to Dubai, his expulsion from school, and the inspirational teacher who helped him turn his life around.
Life at the Edge and Beyond is a must read for anyone involved in bringing up a child with Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, or both. Parents will take from the family's successes, learn from their mistakes, and realize that, no matter how close to the edge they feel, they are never alone.
Jan Greenman was the treasurer of a private merchant bank until the birth of her son, Luke. She is passionate about telling the family's story to give hope to others for a better tomorrow.
1 soft covered book, 208 pages.