8:30pm – Wednesday, August 1 on ABC2
One in ten children under the age of 16 in the UK is struggling – whether it’s behavioural, emotional or clinical. Some are born with a problem, whilst for others it can come out of nowhere. Whatever their condition, more than half of these vulnerable children will go undiagnosed – their problems being put down simply, to bad behaviour. This new series follows a number of families from across the UK as they embark on a journey to understand their child’s behaviour and learn to cope with it.
In this opening episode we meet Katherine, a lively little six year old who is the life and soul of the family at home; however, as soon as she passes through the school gates each day, Katherine becomes mute.
She is unable to speak a word for eight hours a day so her family embarks on a course of intensive speech therapy to get to the cause of her resistance to talk.
For 16-year-old Henry, the problem isn’t talking, it’s what he says: Henry has Tourette’s Syndrome.
Diagnosed just over a year ago following a sudden seizure, Henry’s and his family’s life was turned upside down in an instant.
Not all parents want a label for their child, especially where mental health is concerned, but Charlotte has been searching for a diagnosis – a name for what’s wrong with her ten-year-old son Adam. Convinced that something just ‘hasn’t been right’ since he was a baby, she has finally come to the mental health unit to meet with Dr Faeza Khan. Can she determine what is wrong?