A Positive Result

Book Cover: A Positive Result
Editions:Paperback: £ 10.00 GBP
ISBN: 9781909193994
Pages: 258
Kindle: £ 4.99 GBPePub: £ 4.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781999880828

One boy with Down syndrome and a mum who refused to let others tell her what he could or couldn't achieve

Joanne Pasquale

One in a thousand babies born in the UK every year has an extra chromosome that means they have Down syndrome. This is one boy’s story as seen through his mother’s eyes. When Jo and Cliff were told their child had Down syndrome at the 15th week of pregnancy they had little idea of what this meant. Determined to provide the best for him, Jo found Jamie could teach her as much as she could teach him. This is her story of how it feels living with a child who is ‘different’. With humour, determination and sadness, Jo gives the reader an insight into a world where everyday tasks can be a struggle and simple things mean a great deal. She reveals how that extra chromosome may make Jamie different, but he is just the same as other children – given half the chance.

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Reviews:Lynn Murray, Don’t Screen Us Out campaign wrote:

...should be given to every professional involved with screening programmes as bedtime reading.

Helena Brooks, Specialist Leader of Education, UK wrote:

A wonderfully warm and honest account of the highs and lows of loving a child with special needs … A must-have book for any parent or educator.

Max Simpson, Steps with Theera, Bangkok wrote:

Finally, a book about Down syndrome! I was hooked on this raw and honest account of having a child with additional needs.


Author: Joanne Pasquale

Joanne began her career in the late 80s early 90s writing about homes and interiors for women’s magazines (a subject she previously had no ‘professional’ knowledge of). She credits her success at managing this to two things – a good nose for research and a love of stylish homes. ​In between children she continued to write, including starting a blog and writing short stories. When she and her family moved to Singapore in 2014 she returned to freelancing setting up her own company, Pasquale Publishing. Joanne’s most recent work includes travel features, guides to things to do in Singapore, features for expat websites, website content for local artists and editing a book for a French ‘nose’. Throughout this time, she has continued to write fiction and has at least two stories ‘on the go’ at any time. ​With a passion for travel, meeting people and tea she loves to combine the three when she can. She’s also partial to a musical or two and is strangely obsessed with Billy Bragg. Family holidays are what keeps her motivated and as her children have grown she’s discovered how much she still loves to travel on her own too. She is planning a book about the women of Bhutan having visited and fallen in love with the country and its people. She’s hoping this will develop in to a series looking at the lives and cultures of women around the world.