16 dirty nappies a day, feeding every hour and constant screaming! I was a qualified children’s nurse and already had a son. So, what was I doing wrong? If her brother hadn’t been such an easy child, I really think I would have lost my nerve. I was desperate for help but the professionals weren’t
When Sandra Capelin’s daughter passed the NNEB exam she thought Rachel's story of triumph over adversity should be shared. Sandra had trained as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse and worked in the education system as a classroom assistant in Unit for children with Hearing Impairment while her children grew up. Yet she still failed to find her way through the system to get help! She therefore wrote the book Rachel the ‘write’ to Speak, to try and help others needing to fight for their child’s needs but the previous two editions not only sold nationally and internationally, but were put on University reading lists as essential reading for those training to work with children; especially in health care and education. In fact, they were so successful that I have now been asked to publish a third edition. The new final chapter updates the reader on Rachel’s life since previous publications in 1992 and 1997. Although initially written about events from the 1970s - 1990s, it continues to give significant insight into the difficulties encountered by children with these hidden impairments. Granting that there is now more awareness of such problems, the book is still as relevant today as it was when first published, as families continue to fight to get recognition of these hidden disorders and it becomes increasingly difficult to access professional help due to government cut backs. (229) Rachel the ‘write’ to speak was published in 2019 at £5 and is available from Amazon and all good bookshops.
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