My Child's Different

The lessons learned from one family’s struggle to unlock their son’s potential.
By Elaine Halligan
With contributions from parenting expert Melissa Hood


Drawing lessons from the transformational journey of a young man who was written off by society but went on to become a budding entrepreneur, My Child’s Different explores the enabling role that parents can play in maximising the potential ofchildren who are seen as ‘different’ or ‘difficult’.


In My Child’s Different Elaine Halligan – a mother of two – tells the true story of her son Sam, who by the age of seven had been excluded from three schools and was later labelled as having a whole host of conditions, ranging from autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) to pathological demand avoidance (PDA) to severe dyslexia. He had become ‘the alphabet kid’. His parents never gave up on him, however, taking positive parenting courses and researching all kinds of different therapies to support him. They believed he was a good and capable person, and that belief in turn gave Sam resilience, grit and an ability to persevere in the face of adversity.


My Child’s Different is much more than a tale of one boy’seducational challenges. It gives hope to all parents and carers who for a variety of reasons may be concerned about what the future holds for their children, and demonstrates how, with the use of positive parenting skills, all children’s potential can be unlocked. My Child’s Different is a celebration of all the unique qualities thosewho are different bring to society.

Elaine Halligan is a director at The Parent Practice and has been a parenting specialist since 2006, helping parents raise competent and confident children through parenting classes, private coaching and keynote speaking in schools and corporate settings both in the UK and overseas. She is frequently quoted in the broadsheet press and regularly appears on Sky News, BBC local radio and BBC world news. Her mission is to help parents find the holy grail of parenting: keeping calm and bringing out the best in their children.

The Book was published on 31 August 2018

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