The Other Child by Linda Scotson

The Other Child by Linda Scotson

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The Other Child is a must read for any family with a similar circumstance . . . deeply touching and inspiring.”
The Countess Sondes

“Having a special son myself and a stepdaughter the same age, this unique story left me encouraged and inspired by the power and wisdom a family's love can manifest. You have never read such a story!”
Christine Andreas, Two-Time Tony Award Nominee

"As a doctor working in this field, the events, problems, and their solutions described by Linda in The Other Child are an excellent help for families faced with similar problems. Having worked with Linda, I can tell you she is the first person I go to for a consultation.”
Doctor Alexander Klimenov, Pediatric Neurologist

“Having a special son myself and a stepdaughter the same age, this unique story left me encouraged and inspired by the power and wisdom a family's love can manifest. You have never read such a story!”
Christine Andreas, Two-Time Tony Award Nominee

"This story is mirrored in many families, including my own. Better support could ease the burden but while good intentions prevail, in practice families continue to struggle. The Other Child suggests how we can do better."
Doctor Mary T. O'Mahony, Consultant in Public Health Medicine & Medical Officer of Health

“A very timely and interesting book at last pointing out all the problems parents, siblings, and affected children face. . . what stands out is the fantastic role played by their siblings, even when very young.”
Hans Loots, Emeritus Professor of Biokinetics at the University of Johannesburg

The Other Child by Linda Scotson

You can best support the book by ordering it from your local bookstore.

About the book

In The Other Child, Linda Scotson looks at the impact on a child at the arrival of a handicapped sibling. Lili, Linda Scotson’s daughter, was only two when Doran was born, and she has been Doran’s companion, motivator, carer—in fact, sister extraordinaire. In helping Doran, she has had to cope with other problems—with the loss of her father, ill health, and her own minor neurological difficulties. But she has done so with courage and determination.

What do siblings lose, growing up with a brother or sister with brain injury—and what do they gain? How does the hostility and indifference of the outside world affect these children’s lives? Becoming “carers” themselves, do they miss out on parental care from weary and overstretched parents? How do they reach an understanding, often when very young, of what their injured sibling can and cannot do? Shining through these stories is the love, the humor, and the constancy with which these children approach their very difficult family position—many of them, in adulthood, continuing to care for the handicapped companion of their childhood.

By drawing attention to these children, Linda Scotson not only pays tribute to their qualities but also shows how unjust the system is towards those parents struggling to keep their brain-injured child within the family. She argues for a greater network of support systems for the healthy siblings and a greater understanding of the new home treatment programs for injured children—programs in which the whole family, as a team, can participate. This will be an invaluable book for parents of brain-injured children, and for all those professionally involved in the care of such families.

The Other Child by Linda Scotson

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To communicate with the author Linda Scotson write to:
Paul [at] MorrisonPublicityGroup.com