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Ryan's Story

Published in ADDitude Magazine, January 18, 2018 Here’s a story that may sound familiar to many parents. I was sitting on the couch one evening in 2013 with my six-year old son Ryan. The two of us made for an idyllic portrait – his head buried against my shoulder, the shampoo fragrance of melon and strawberry wafting from his freshly clean hair. On my lap was a book about silly animals behaving like children – a favorite topic of his. I read a few pages and then placed the book in his lap. With a smile, I pointed to the part of the page where I’d left off. “Your turn.” Ryan nodded and placed his index finger on the first word. His voice sounded strained. He read a few words very slow



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