My 13 year old son has tourettes,ocd,adhd,and is bi-polar.

Jackie - posted on 03/01/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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The teachers don't think he needs a IEP cause hes getting B's and C's in school.What is a 504?Should the schools allow him to have a IEP? It is very sad to see him go through this.Kids are so mean to him cause of some of his ticks.He wants me to let him do homeschooling but i can't afford to stop working and stay home with him.I applied for SSI for him and was turned down.Just don't know what to do.

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Erin - posted on 06/11/2012

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I'm homeschooling my bi-polar daughter and my other two children as well (doctor's orders: one home-schooled, all home-schooled). After regular school was too much for her even on medication (lithium and abilify), we have found homeschooling to be the saving of all of our sanity, and so much less stressful for our daughter. I believe that, from what I have read, if you can convince your child's doctor to support you, you have every right legally to require an IEP, no matter what the teachers or those responsible at school say.
I'm so sad for you that you can't afford to stay home. I have an aunt in the same position (her son, my cousin, is also bipolar). She makes most of the family's regular income and can't afford to stay with him. Fortunately his school works with him. It's got to be tough for you. Hang in there.

Stacey - posted on 03/11/2012

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You don't say what state you are in? I know things differ from state to state but it is the schools responsibility to provide what he needs and you need to fight for it, do some research on what your state laws are regarding this, they all rely on federal funding so I would research that as well. My nephew is deaf and has slight CP and my sister had to educate herself on what he was entitled to and demand it! It is his right to a good education and that means whatever he needs to achieve that! Go to pubmed.gov and search some of his conditions and oxidative stress, there could be a very cost effective, natural simple answer to helping him with some of his issues as well. If you find that oxidative stress is a root cause of some of his issues re-post here and I will send you my e-mail and tell you about where to find more info, sorry not sure how much I can say on here! Good Luck and re apply for SSI every time they turn you down!

Michelle - posted on 03/08/2012

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so y do u have to stop work it only takes bout 2 hours aday to teach him. i know some of what u r going threw my kid has issues and they wont give her a plan. a 504 is just a plan where everybody agrees with what needs your child might need. go to a local resourse center for disabled ppl and ask for a child advocacy (sp) reapply for ssi most ppl get denied the first time, have u thought bout private school or a church school they do have grants so kids can go cheap or free.

Jackie - posted on 03/07/2012

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Thanks I try and keep my head for my sons sake.It takes alot some days .I will Check things out.Thanks for the info.

Luvmia - posted on 03/06/2012

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You are very strong to keep persevering. You should be proud of yourself for enduring all these hardships.



I suggest you do a yahoo search for groups that deal with families and their special needs childrens. Also, look for your state's Legal Aid Bureau which assist low income citizens with free or reduced fee legal services by lawyers.



Hang in there and just know that God didn't bring you this far to let you go. Take care!

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