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The Trials and Struggles of a Long Island Family Facing Their Son's Descent into Attention and Behavioral Disorders
Robert J. Stevens and Catherine E. Stevens

Diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiance disorder and pervasive developmental disorder in the early 1990s, Robert Stevens was an exceptionally intelligent child who could not function in a mainstream environment. Being the “problem child” of every play group, sports club and extracurricular activity he joined, Robert had no friends, no internal means of self-control, no “off switch” and - as his parents, Robert and Catherine Stevens, were warned - perhaps no real future. Thinking it for the best, Robert's parents did what the experts told them to do. Despite having a remarkably high IQ, Robert was placed in a special education programme, under a psychiatrist's care and on several powerful medications, including Ritalin and Prozac. Unfortunately, nothing worked quite as intended and Robert suffered from nearly every side effect these drugs had to offer.

Robert's parents saw they were losing him. Witnesses to Robert's drastic mood swings and anxious displays, they did not know whether they were seeing their son or the results of the medications he was taking. While initially helpful, the special education class began to create its own world of problems, with Robert taking a step backwards for each step forward. Desperate, the Stevens family turned to holistic therapies. Amazingly, Robert began to show improvement. Wondering why their son's doctors had discouraged such strategies, Robert and Catherine started researching new approaches on their own. Using non-traditional approaches, Robert was found. By third grade, he was off all drugs, attending a mainstream school, making friends and simply being himself.

FINDING ROBERT chronicles one family's journey through the world of developmental disorders.

It depicts the struggles faced, examines the decisions made, and offers a thorough analysis of the therapies utilised. Amid sadness and confusion, with strength and resolve, Robert and Catherine regained their son and undertook a mission to change the way we look at these conditions.

More Information
  • Published : 02/01/2016
  • ISBN : 9780757004025
  • Format : Paperback
  • Imprint : Square One Publishing
  • Size (mm): 152 x 229
  • Category: Parenting
  • Pages : 256
  • Edition :