One of the running themes on this blog has been the joys and struggles of raising a kid with special needs. Because I've been rather sloppy about tagging my posts, I decided to pull everything together in one mega-post. It took up way more of the morning than it should have, because I've written so much over the years and because everything is so scattered. There's more in the archives, but I just don't have the patience to find it all right now. I might come back to this project at a later date.
Some of these posts were painful to read. Things were really tough a few years back. The good news is that he is a great kid and he's in a great school and he's super happy. His teacher just told me to get him into an art school pronto, because he's so gifted. Anyway, here's our story.
Ian is Two. The blog post that started everything. Immediately after this, two readers wrote me to say that Ian probably had neurological differences. I was a bit ticked off at first, but they were right. Imagine getting a diagnosis from faceless readers (who later became friends) from a few hundred word blog post. I'm grateful to them. Six months later, Ian received Early Intervention.
Just description. 10/28/04, 3/11/05, 7/17/05, 9/26/05, 3/6/06, 10/25/06, 4/9/06, 10/24/06, 10/13/06, 11/15/06, 11/26/06, 7/24/06, 11/12/06, 9/20/07, 1/28/07, 9/24/07, 12/7/07, 9/2/08, 4/2/09, 4/02/09, 3/15/07, 1/22/08, 5/4/08, 2/1/09, 9/14/09, 11/29/09, 1/21/10, The Monorail to WiiLand,
The difficulty with putting a name to the problem. Autistic Categories, Hyperlexia, The Google Stage, Classification and the Brain (An author kindly credited me with coining the term "the google stage."
Therapy, bureaucracy and bills. Who Pays?, There's Something Wrong with Your Kid, Shhh, Learning Curves, Inspection, fighting with teachers,The Poison Vaccine, A Special Needs Mom, Educating Kids on the Spectrum, Not a Neat and Tidy World, Supporting Kids,