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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Doing Things Different This Time.

I'd gotten a call out of the blue from Bryce's Case Manager over at Child And Family Services (where he gets his therapies as needed, and sees his Psychiatrist).

Before leaving from his appointment earlier in the month, I once more mentioned to be sure to let me know about Day Treatment Day Camp. I skipped last year as to give Bryce a "break". This year, that mistake will NOT happen again.

Plus, Bryce enjoys going! Hr goes to different places. And it's all-expense paid by the funds received by Day Treatment.

Medicaid picks up the tab for my child to go. Federal Grants and community donations help fund the various activities.

Not only does my son get to do fun things Monday through Friday, but he receives the help of a trained staff in behavioral issues, and talks with a registered Psychiatrist or Psychologist once a week.

But apparently (according to the Case Manager), things are going to be a tad bit different. In a GOOD way!

Those that pick which students are in need of Day Treatment services during the school year will be there to watch the kids that are NOT being served within the school setting (including MY kid) and observing them to see if indeed they can qualify for help and to get the ball rolling.

Two years now, two teachers agreed that Bryce needed extra help in the classroom. Behavior management, primarily. He's been disruptive of others, non-compliant at times, not staying on task or being well organized. And I can only do so much from home. And the teacher herself can only do so much individually with him, seeing as there is a minimum of 18 kids in her class that ALL demand attention at some point.

Even if he can get assistance via the Day Treatment Therapist for an hour a day, or every couple of days, I think, and truly believe that it would make a tremendous amount of difference.

And my hope is that when all is said and done with the summer's Day Treatment Camp and the observances made, that Bryce will be one of the ones that will be selected for the extra help.

Though, I must admit, it's a bit hard at times to stay positive or optimistic about things such as this. After being shot down, ran over, screwed over and flat-out denied so many times, it can sometimes be difficult to stay in that positive frame of mind. Especially since I have yet to be able to fill out the papers to place Bryce in DTC.


Kathy said...

It can be so hard at times to keep postive and upbeat, I have been going through a similar patch myself. My thughts will be with you and that Bryce gets all he needs to have a successful summer and school year! Thank you so much for your honesty it is so nice to know that I am not alone in this battle. Happy Tuesday!

Dez said...

My sister has a deal like this with her older boys and if you can get the help, it's great. The only reason she gets as much help as she does is because the state kept turning down her petitions for assistance and she sued them. Now she gets staff that comes to the house, helps clean, takes care of the kids if she needs to go anywhere, they take the older boys on outings. And the state pays for all of it. But when you have 9 kids at home, I'd say it was kind of needed.
I'm praying they will decide to approve Bryce. It would be great for both of you.

Stephanie said...

Good luck. I understand the challenges of trying to get your child the help they need.

--The Drama Mama

Mel~ @ said...

OhMY, How wonderful would that be to have a day treatment camp?! I do wish I could find something like that around here. Although I haven't looked for that level camp, because it never occurred to me that it might exist, I think I'll put that on my list to research right after the kids go back to school!

Kate Weber said...

Good luck! I bet it's so hard to struggle with these things. Keep your chin up, you're a wonderful mother because you're doing all you can!

I'm new to your blog! I found you on FTLOB and can't wait to read more! Feel free to check out my blog as well!

Simply Kate

Sarah said...

I can't even imagine what a struggle this is. As Kate said, you really are a great Mom for doing all you can - especially because you're using all your resources provided. I hope everything goes well - I can't wait to read more!

Anonymous said...

I don't see my comment here. Curious, very curious lol.
I know ow hard it is to stay positive when you're waiting for the other shoe to drop. I hope this works out, it sounds like a great opportunity for Bryce.

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