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By Elaine Halligan of The Parent Practice
I am the parent of a child who is different and these differences have meant that he has been difficult to parent. His temperament is sensitive, intense and impulsive, and these traits have meant that both at home and at school his behaviour has been problematic. So problematic that by the age of seven he was asked to leave his third school in as many years.
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