Alyson Mountjoy is the founder of APD Support UK, with over 20 years experience of supporting families, as well as researching and writing about APD. She also has related personal experience, as her son has a diagnosis of APD.
The book is based on the author’s ‘journey’ starting almost twenty years ago, when looking for answers for her son. In this book, she aims to provide accessible and objective information about what it is like to live with APD and to dispel myths and misinformation around this diagnosis.
The book is divided into ten chapters that include:
- Coexisting Conditions
- Coping Strategies and Support at Home
- Education Support
- Flexible Education
- Teenage Years and Life Skills
Mountjoy stresses the advice to help students with APD by recognising that they may show all the signs of listening, but understanding that they are not actually able to make sense of what is being said.
In the chapter on ‘Additions’, Mountjoy provides an outline of other conditions that may be associated with APD, and points out that Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder can all be confused with APD. She also states that APD is not a learning difficulty, but can cause them in many children.
This is a useful and practical text that is reassuring and informative, written from both a professional and personal perspective.
Author: A. Mountjoy
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers