Tag Archives: Behavioral Issues

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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The Light At the End of the Tunnel?
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My daughter and I had a peaceful spring break. I did what I could to keep her on schedule, to not let her spend much of the day in her pajamas, lounging with the iPad. Caroline and I were both … Continue reading

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The Dark Before Dawn
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I hate it when I’m right. At least about stuff like this. My daughter is in full out behavioral free fall. Every negative thing she has ever done is being resurrected before my eyes, and I’m powerless to stop it … Continue reading

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More IEP Woes
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My daughter Katie has once again been kicked out of school, from a special day class no less, in our oh-so-wonderful district. Apparently autism is too mysterious and complicated for them to handle. Or something like that. This time around … Continue reading

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IEP Woes
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It’s January, so that means it’s IEP month. (IEPs are individualized education plans for children with special needs.) Actually, this time around, the IEP madness started in December 2015. It’s a triennial year, so my daughter was subjected to lots … Continue reading

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A Slippery Legal Slope
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A California lawsuit is working its way through the Santa Clara County court system that left me pretty much speechless when I learned of it. Two families are suing a third, claiming their autistic son is a public nuisance. At … Continue reading

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