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An Excellent Guide For The Family-Better Than The BBC Show!
on 25 March 2001
We had read Dr. Federici's book before and after the recent BBC-Horizons show "Taming The Problem Child" and there was just no comparison. The show left out all of the essence of Dr. Federici's work with very troubled children. We have a very damaged child adopted from Romania that no one here in the UK was able to help. We went from specialist to specialist and were told to be "better parents", given Ritalin (which made him worse), and were ready to give up until we read this book and actually corresponded directly with the author. This book is very safe, family-friendly, practical and thorough. It gave us more meaningful information in 200 pages than all the other Psychologists and Psychiatrists we had visited in the UK over the past five years. We needed something and someone who understood the plight of the family at their wits end. NOWHERE in his book, writings, or conversations with Dr. Federici was there anything that could have been construed as aggressive or hurtful as the BBC Show seemed to show only bits and pieces of a very systematic and compassionate treatment plan that was extremely effective for our child (age seven),and for our family. We only wish that we had this type of professional guidance and book at the early stages of our journey for help. It is a book long overdue in our social medical-psychiatric system that many of the professionals (including the critics on the BBC show) could learn from. We hope there is a Volume Two. As for the skeptical reader, pick it up and see for yourself. We are appreciative and a bit upset that the show did not portray the true "program" to help troubled children.