Low IQ special needs without physical disabilities

Leanne - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Does anyone else out there have a child with a low IQ without any physical disabilities? My son has just turned 18 and I think my problems are just getting started!! I have learned quite a bit in the last 7 or so years, however, I keep learning more. I just went to court to gain guardianship because he will never be able to make his own decisions. However, I have no idea what that really entails. Anyone out there been through this? Any suggestions or ideas?

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Cindy - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hello, I have a daughter that is 21 low IQ she is like a 9 year old mixed with a teenager she is naive, very vulnerable and doesn't understand money but she looks very normal and is really pretty, we make sure she is structured active but protected

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Brenda - posted on 07/03/2011

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I too have a 21 yr. old daughter that doesn't look like she is special needs. Since out of school she has been let go of several jobs. When she's unsure or feels pressured she has angry outbursts. That has led her to press charges against me; her friends told her if someone even touched her with their little finger that is called assault. I now have a criminal record & can't have contact in any way unless it is done by her for 18 months. 2 weeks ago I heard she got married, this weekend she texts her Dad she's pregnant. She works in fast food, he at a car wash, no insurance & he owes $70,000 in bills living with his mother. Need to hear something encouraging from Cindy Kinney from 2 years ago.

Christy - posted on 04/30/2009

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My son, Dylan will be 18 in a few weeks and we too, are going to gain guardianship over our own son. Plus my best friend just got guardianship over her daughter who turned 18 last December. As to what to expect - I know we must keep records on the financial situation thru not just SSI but the courts. I know Dylan will either live with us for the remainder of his life or let him go to a group home. I personally dont care for him to go to a group home but if there is a program in ur community that works with Special needs to find jobs then I would go to that program. My son has no physical disablitlies but his mental age is about 8. My son has Down Snydrome. The advantages to guardianship is that you will have control over all decisions made about your son! We are doing it because in 2011 we as a family plan to go to Greece for the World Games Special Olympics and if anything was to happen to Dylan then I have all rights. If you would like to talk more I will give u a direct email. God Bless!

Julie - posted on 04/29/2009

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Hi Leanne , you should get in contact with a suport group in your home town my friend has 3 children with the same problems just not that old yet the oldest is 13 .

Amy - posted on 04/23/2009

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I have not gotten that far yet - and i cant imagine if i get there what i will do - my twins are 13 - and i hope each day that since they have come leaps and bounds that in the next few years i may not have to go thru what you are - Good Luck and be strong

Jill - posted on 04/21/2009

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I wish I could help. My daughter is nine and was born premature with developmental delays and didn't have actual physical disabilities although she does have health problems. We were always told don't hope for better then average and don't hold our breath for that. She brought home a permission slip 2 months ago to be tested for the gifted program after spending the first three years on an IEP and I cannot tell you how hard I cried. We struggled with her so hard but she was lucky and beat the odds. I am NOT bragging. Just wish I had words of encouragement. I used to be in your shoes with her and now she has made a complete turnaround. I wish you all the luck in the world for your son and will pray for God to give you patience and guide you in your journey with him. Good luck hun.

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