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What Makes Ryan Tick?

By: Susan Hughes

What Makes Ryan Tick? is an update to Susan Hughes´ acclaimed Ryan, A Mother´s Story of Her Hyperactive/Tourette Syndrome Child. It covers Ryans´s very difficult adolescent years - a period when his symptoms were so severe he had to be placed in a residential treatment facility - and the subsequent period of returning home and pursuing a virtually normal life following his excellent response to the right combination of medication, family and school support. This is a hair-raising and heart-rending story that should be read by everyone who has ever interacted with a "difficult" child.

Table of Content


  1. Introduction
  2. No Rotten Apple
  3. No Stone Unturned
  4. Coming to Grips
  5. Sink or Swim
  6. Laying Down the Law
  7. Blood, Sweat and Tears
  8. No Laughing Matter
  9. On Pins and Needles
  10. Heaven Help Us
  11. Church Chat
  12. The Pain of a Broken Brain
  13. Odd Man Out
  14. Every Dog Has His Day
  15. At Wit's End
  16. Touch and Go

  1. Actions Speak Louder Than Words
  2. A Foot In Each World
  3. There Is Always Hope
  4. The People vs. Ryan
  5. Ryan vs. the School District
  6. Ignorance Is Not Bliss
  7. Physician, Heal Thyself
  8. A World of Difference
  9. To Err is Human, To Forgive Divine
  10. A Time For Tears
  11. Just What the Doctor Ordered
  12. There´s No Place Like Home
  13. Epilogue: Just A Parent
  14. A Word From Ryan
  15. Bruised But Not Broken

    End Notes

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What Reviewers Have Said

"Every parent should read this book. It´s not a self-help manual or a guide to rearing children. Rather, it´s one mother´s account of her bewilderment at her son´s frightening and violent outbursts, to enlightenment, and ultimately to advocacy, as she confronts uninformed or uncaring "experts" from the medical and educational professions. Much of what happened is gripping stuff, and it provides lessons for all of us, regardless of the emotional health of our children. One lesson is that every child deserves a mother like Susan Hughes."
--Stephen Frazier, Senior Correspondent, CNN Special Reports

"Susan Hughes has written an honest and thought provoking description of her family's journey through "the system." If any message could be sent to professionals in the field of education and mental health, it would be that families are a part of the solution not the problem. As I read the book, I realized how important Susan's leadership has been, provoking the system to be more and to offer more for her child. As professional we must learn to respond to a parent´s ability to lead us to better treatment for their children. Thank God Mr. and Mrs. Hughes did not give up on us or their son. We all have much to learn."
--Don Kingdon, Ph.D. Chief, Child Adolescent Services Ventura County Mental Health

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