The core message of this book is that people are either sensitive and fragile like
orchids or hardy and resilient like dandelions. Dr Boyce’s 25 years of research as a
respected paediatrician offers this outlook as a way for parents, teachers and professionals to better understand sensitive and challenging children. The optimistic tone of the book aims to redeem those who struggle and takes inspiration from the story of the author’s own family. Research shows that less than 20% of children account for well over half of all illnesses, but how can science explain this? Experiences around birth and pre-school are examined, plus social environment and other stressors, starting with assessment of the physiological condition of newborns and looking at chronic diseases of childhood that affect later life. Despite seeming to make a sweeping statement dividing everyone into two camps, the book is deep and broad ranging.
304pp, 241 x 162 mm, Hardback, 2019, RRP £20.00