The Trouble With Alex

The Trouble With Alex

Book - 2008
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Melanie Allen had a dream - to adopt a special needs child and provide a loving family for her - but her dream turned into a nightmare. To all appearances five-year-old Alex was obedient and charming but, over the course of five years, Melanie was left desperate by her behaviour. Alex festered from being abused as an infant and turned that venom onto her carers. No one knew she was suffering from a severe attachment disorder, a common problem in neglected children. The manifestation of her symptoms was deceptive - Melanie's relatives didn't believe her when she told them about the trouble with Alex. In desperation, Melanie sought help from Social Services. Unfortunately, nobody in authority accepted the seriousness of Alex's condition until it was almost too late...
Publisher: Leicester : Charnwood, c2008.
ISBN: 9781444801149
Characteristics: 457 p. ;,24 cm.


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May 21, 2017

This was a first hand account of raising a deeply traumatized, neglected adopted child. These kids have a lot of difficulty bonding or attaching in a normal way even in a loving new family because of the unresolved and damaging nature of their earliest years. I found the author unsympathetic however and I was annoyed at the demands she placed on the girl, as well as her chronic impatience with her disorganized and dysfunctional behaviors. So what if she dressed herself backwards or left food on her face after eating? So what if she couldn't accomplish the most basic of tasks correctly like setting the table? The author takes the child's anger and defiance too personally and takes it out on the child. Obviously the child needed extra time and attention to developmental stages she missed! Clearly this family was under educated and ill equipped for the demands of raising a child with deep behavioral/attachment issues. The book is really about the education of the author by the young child.

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