When Alison Thompson’s son was young his behaviour was so challenging she secretly called him “the boy from hell” – and it was no real surprise when he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at the age of six.
Keen to understand his condition, Alison read everything she could to try and find out more about ADHD.
However, she quickly became frustrated by the lack of books giving the perspective of a UK parent and it became obvious that she knew what to write.
The Boy from Hell: Life with a Child with ADHD is the story of the first fifteen years of Daniel’s life. From diagnosis and medication through struggles to find the right schooling and brushes with the law, Alison describes a rollercoaster ride of a journey that every parent of a child with ADHD will recognise.
As well as sharing their unique experience, Alison passes on advice and information that has helped her and her family along the way. It also offers hope for the future for the many families living with an ADHD child. Uniquely, there are also chapters written from the sibling’s perspective, and from Daniel himself.
ADHD Foundation endorsement
Dr Tony Lloyd, CEO of the ADHD Foundation, has given a ringing endorsement to Alison’s insight. He says: “The Boy From Hell is an honest and very moving personal account of a parent’s experience of having a child with ADHD.
"Alison Thompson has written a book that will be welcomed by any parent who is trying to understand their child’s ADHD and how best to support them. A well researched, informative and accessible guide, full of practical tips for parents and professionals – especially teachers! This book is a must for anyone whose life has been touched by ADHD.”
Alison knows that being the parent of a child with ADHD can be a lonely, stressful job and she hopes her book will help other parents feel they are not alone and believe there can be a positive future for their children.
Her paperback is available from www.theboyfromhell.co.uk at £9.99 + P&P, where you can read three chapters.