Tag Archives: Behavioral Issues

What’s the Problem?
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Sometimes I wonder, is the problem me? Other parents have special education horror stories, but no one has twisted tales of terror like mine and my daughter’s. Am I a bad parent? A poor advocate? But no, I have moved … Continue reading

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Playing Chicken
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The school district and I are playing a high stakes (at least for my daughter) game of chicken. They want me to sign an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)—read annual contract—committing my daughter Katie to the generic, for-profit, non-public school (NPS) … Continue reading

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Summer School Surprise
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Summer school. What can I say about summer school? In a word: amazing. I’m serious. After three agonizing months of what can only be described as a horrible in-home “school” experience, summer school has blown my mind. Quite possibly, it … Continue reading

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Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse, Part 6
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You thought I forgot about this story, didn’t you? Life (and death) intervened, but I’m back to finish this crazy tale. You can find the previous installments here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. The … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye
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Katie and I are on vacation this week, getting some much needed rest and relaxation on the Sonoma Coast. This place has never failed to provide both of us with much needed solace and sanctuary. I am grateful that we … Continue reading

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Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse, Part 5
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The female investigator from Child Protective Services (CPS) surveyed the broken items around us and asked whether my daughter received behavioral support. “I had a great in-home team who had been with us for years, but I lost them in … Continue reading

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Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse, Part 4
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I didn’t have long to wait. The investigator from Child Protective Services (CPS) arrived the next morning. She refused to enter until I put the dog outside, then paused at the door while she took in my new decor. The … Continue reading

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Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse, Part 3
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Without Caroline, there could be no “school.” We’d been given an afternoon off. It was unexpected, but I wasn’t about to complain. Neither was Katie. Free of the usual afternoon chaos, I went to my office and jumped on a … Continue reading

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Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse, Part 2
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After Katie broke the wooden office supply organizer, she pretty much lost it, throwing pieces of wood and handfuls of office supplies. Caroline handed Katie a garbage bag and instructed her to clean up the mess. I could tell that … Continue reading

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Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse, Part 1
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My daughter Katie’s truce with Caroline was short-lived. Just a few days after spring break, we began having tantrums and random acts of property destruction that quickly escalated. Then came the fateful day that, for me (and I suspect Caroline), … Continue reading

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