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Melanie - posted on 11/23/2008 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I want to thank you for joining our community of moms who either cope with or care for those with mental illnesses. I invite you to share your experiences and stories with our group to get things started!

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Melanie - posted on 11/23/2008

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Welcome, Marilyn! I hope you feel comfortable here. I know we all have a lot to deal with and sometimes we just need to vent, and sometimes we need help. My friend asked me one time what brings me joy, and my honest answer was that watching my kids be successful in school and is social settings brings me great joy. Both my boys are highly intelligent, but are having increasingly difficult times socially.



One thing that has helped my oldest son immensely is that I pushed for an IEP last year, and he was granted Special Ed status for this year. He was placed in a program where he has one class that helps him focus on his homework and cope with his other classes. He has bonded with his instructor for that class, which has been wonderful for him. He doesn't have a grade below a D so far this year, which is unlike last year. He is much more relaxed, as am I. We don't have the constant homework battles at home because he is able to finish most of it during his special ed class. I highly recommend pursuing that option if you think your child might benefit from it. An IEP can work on many levels, from changing homework/classwork levels to moving a student into a special ed classroom environment completely.



Please continue to write and contribute! We want to hear your stories!

Marilyn - posted on 11/23/2008

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I have long awaited for this, being the mom of a child with a mental condition is overwhelming. It is very comforting to know there is a place where we can share our frustrations celebrate our achievements and give each other comfort and support.

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