School Updates

Today was the first day of school in 2011 and for Hope it started out on an optimistic note. Her class has has a new social worker/ therapist, who trained under the private therapist Hope is seeing once a week AND has multiple years of experience treating kids with RAD. And if that wasn’t enough good news for one day, somebody (besides me) noticed that Hope’s teacher was struggling and not all the student’s needs were getting met. It hasn’t been approved by the school board yet, but they are looking at a proposal to divide Hope’s class (12 kids) in half and change the 12:1:2 class to two 6:1:1 classes.This would take  place by the end of January.

GB started 5 mg of Zyprexa yesterday, and today she was a bit more stable. Maybe just a coincidence, but I am allowing myself a little optimism. I have a CSE meeting on GB Thursday, to add the services the George Jarvis Clinic recommended when they said she was autistic back in November. I was told I had to reduce the stress in my life because of my neurological problems, so I already sent an email to the Director of Special Education, warning her that if they could not provide the new services that GB’s new diagnoses of Autism would require, I would be hiring the same educational lawyer I hired in 2008.

2 thoughts on “School Updates

  1. Oh, so much to keep up with all the time! That is good news about the social worker for Hope's class, and good luck for the class divide, that would be a great thing.

  2. I look forward to hearing how GB goes on the Zyprexa. I have had good results with my child. But be prepared for HUGE weight gain! My child went from a petite size 6 to a size 10 in just a couple of months. If she does experience weight gain, see if there is an alternate medication which may not increase the weight so much. I also have a now nearly 21 year old, that we have had since 4 days old, who was diagnosed with BiPolar at age 12. She was on Slow Release Lithium for about 7 years; has recently added Epilim to stabilise her once again. Once the right medication is found, the mood swings should stabilise. Praying for you all.

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