From the ITV website:
In episode one 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, she becomes mute. Unable to speak a word for eight hours a day, 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 and his family’s lives were turned upside down in an instant. Unable to control either physical movement or vocal expression, he’s coming to terms with the impact of this incurable condition and seeking alternative therapies to manage it, while studying for his GCSEs.
The programme also features Charlotte, who has been searching for a diagnosis to explain her ten year old son Adam’s behaviour. Convinced that something just ‘wasn’t right’ since he was a baby, she has come to the mental health unit of the Priory in Cheadle, near Stockport, to meet Dr Faeza Khan. She assesses Adam and diagnoses him with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, which comes as a relief to his mother, who has spent his life searching for a diagnosis which will hopefully enable the family to access services and support to formulate a long-term care package for him.
12 year old Lewis has immersed himself in the silent world of photography because his stammer, which he has suffered with for the last four years since changing schools, means that talking is an internal battle, one which he constantly loses. Lewis attends a three day intensive course using revolutionary breathing techniques to try to overcome his stammer.
Tracy has known her daughter Maddy was different since she was just eight months old. Her aggressive behaviour, inability to make friends and constant defiance has threatened to pull their family apart. Early intervention in any mental health issue is vital, and now she is eight years old, Maddy’s parents realise they don’t have long to get her a diagnosis and hopefully help her control her behaviour. A thorough assessment under the care of the world renowned child psychologist Professor Stephen Scott and his team at the Maudsley Hospital diagnoses ADHD and he prescribes a multi-pronged approach to managing the condition including medication and arming her parents with some new parenting techniques.