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When it comes to parenting a child with a hidden disability, everyone seems to have an opinion. Here, Naomi Simmons writes from experience, offering new solutions for when conventional parenting strategies just don’t work.

Whether it be high functioning autism, ADHD, OCD, a mood or anxiety disorder with or without a diagnosis, if you have a child with any hidden disability, this is the book for you.

Naomi Simmons is a parent of children with a range of hidden disabilities. She provides candid guidance on how best to support children in this situation – dealing with meltdowns, school avoidance, self-harm, anxiety and depression – and shares the experiences of others who really do ‘get it’.

Addressing common concerns and hurdles, this book helps you respond to your child’s needs and challenges while developing their unique strengths and talents.


I very much enjoyed this book! It was written so beautifully, clearly and in an accessible way. [It] makes a superb contribution to both parents and clinicians. The concepts in this book are very useful and enabling for parents who are struggling and feel lost. Parents with newly diagnosed children/young people will benefit from this book.
Dr Patricia Rios MSc DClin Psych, AFBPSs CSci, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
This book will be so helpful for the parents that I see and of course for all those families whose children are missed...I can't wait to recommend it.
Dr. Georgie Siggers BSc (HONS), MBBS, MRCP, FRCPCH, Consultant Neurodevelopmental Psychologist
If I had had this book before it would have been a life saver for me.
Catherine, Glasgow
I am absolutely loving this book. I can't tell you how much I wish it had been around in those awful post-diagnosis days that turned into the most difficult years of my life.
Helen, parent
A plain English guide to identifying and supporting your child with hidden disabilities. Breaks down stereotypes and gives parents knowledge and tools to advocate for their child.
Dani Zur, CEO of The School Run
This book gave me permission to tear up the rule book and find ways that really supported my child.
Claire in Glasgow, parent
I'd say to parents, 'buy this book!'. A really enjoyable and insightful read.
I still remember clear as a bell, the awful, brutal way my son's diagnosis was inadvertently delivered and then leaving the paediatrician's office with an A4 sheet of organisations to contact. I would have so welcomed a copy of this book that day.
Sarah, parent