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Old 11-14-2012, 09:42 AM   #1
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Emotional Special Needs

Does anyone else have a child with emotional needs? My 8 year old is having a difficult time, he's always been extra everything: sensitive, angry, tantrum-prone....etc. Now that he's older this behavior is becoming more noticeable and we're thinking he needs intervention. We're in therapy which is helping a little, but wondering if others are going through this and if they considered other help. He's having problems in school now too so we're thinking the IEP route...anyway. It feels isolating when it's an emotional problem, I feel like everyone just thinks your kid is bad, immature or mean.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:49 AM   #2
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Re: Emotional Special Needs

Our DS 9yo has emotional disturbance too. It is VERY challenging and because it is an "invisible" disability people are often not super understanding. Our sone sees a therapist weekly for individual, a group therapy weekly, and a physician monthly. We happen to homeschool but IME schools are not very willing to accomodate emotional needs unless they are very disruptive. In my past life before becoming a mama I worked in SpEd and have continued to do IEP advocacy work. Our son has SEVERE anxiety so he is far more apt to shut down around other people than to act out in public. At home is another story If you want to chat anytime please PM
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:57 AM   #3
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Oh my goodness. Finally someone who understands! Every night at home is a daily battle...it's such a huge stressor on our family but we are trying so hard to be loving and accepting. I totally get what you mean by "invisible". Our therapist has diagnosed anxiety too but we're unsure yet what to do (if anything) re medication. I will certainly PM you. Thanks for the reply!
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