Wednesday, November 04, 2009

More... Angst.

After all my grandiose plans from the last post, I feel badly that all this day has given me to relate is worry and dread and sadness. Peanut is in a bad place these days, a darker place than he showed us in pre-school and kindergarten. There are a lot more tears, a lot more emotional outbursts, and a lot of bad and unacceptable behavior. There is kicking and shouting and throwing thing. There is self-injury and almost-but-not-quite biting behavior. Other children are starting to think of him as "the one who is always in trouble," and I absolutely cannot express how devastating this is, to me and his dad and his sister and himself. I am calling around, waiting for recommendations on counseling and evaluations. I think we will probably start with taking him back the the place where we had his first neuropsych evaluation done almost 2 years ago. We'll see what they have to say - it is a combined center for child development and I have hope that they will be able to give us some guidance as to which angle to deal with first: autistic, gifted, and emotionally disturbed. Where the hell do we start?

3 comments:

  1. Velma, I am so sorry you are having to go through this. We have adopted 4 special needs kiddos and have had to deal with ODD, Autism, RAD and other issues. It's a tough place to be but stay strong!
    Another neuro-psych along with a good psychiatrist (for possible meds) and a good counselor will help immensely. Also, if Peanut is not on an IEP at school, I reccommend you start that process right away. This will help the people at school be able to help him.
    Also, there is another avenue in addition to the ones listed above called PSR (psycho-social rehabilitation)services. These people work through the state and can come in to your home and work with specific behaviors and strategies to help Peanut help himself.
    Hope I've been helpful and hang in there!

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