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She had some ocd behaviors as early as 3-did not have alot of social interaction with other kids either. Very immature in kindergarten compared to other kids, not defiant yet. Became angry and defiant in first grade, poor grades diagnoses of add and anxiety.
THank you-I really like how you broke down these simple ideas-and I can actually use them-alot of the people in our area our only concerned with her grades as our school system is a 4 star school-which makes me very angry as I am concerned about her self-esteem. We have been to the school social worker, pediatrician and our third psychologist. She definitely has a combination of things, but my husband and I truly think it is mostly anxiety related. Her grades are not good, and we have done tutoring, which does not help her self-esteem either. I have an appointment with the middle school counselor next week and the special ed teacher, as she will be entering sixth grade in the fall. Is there anything I can ask them, specifically, because on the phone they were very short with me about all the changes and cutbacks for special ed. My husband is very helpful, but we are going in circles and are drained.
I am glad to hear that you are a good advocate for your daughter. Grades do not mean much to me also. Many unhappy people get good grades. If the school worries about your daughter's grades, you should explain to her that she is very smart but some people who are smart like her and me ( I will disclose having a learning disability) sometimes we learn in a different way. So much stigma is placed on people with learning disabilities that they are often blaimed for learning in a different way. Teachers often say " She is lazy, She does not want to learn". Those statements really stress the child and the parents. I used to tell my children that as long as they try thier best I did not care about what grade they got. Yes the cutbacks on Special ED are terrible, also the cutbacks on state funding for teachers. I think your daughter is lucky because you love her and understand her. To my experience kids that are loved do so much better.
I would go in person and interview several schools,about their programs. If they are short with you that is not a good sign. What do her current school doing to prepare her for 6 grade? Our schools take the students to the new school to me the new teacher. I would ask other parents from your daughter's class where will their kids will go? Maybe you can start a parents group for support and information. I find that my client's parents know alot about the system. Trust your own intuition, keep asking the different schools about special education classes and how they teach children with special needs. I can imagen how drained you are from trying so hard but I want to say you are great because most parents do not do their reseach. Your daughter feels safe and supported. She will do well. I can tell.
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