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  1. Special Needs Does anything help with I internal dialogue that ASD DC struggle with? 4 hr 11 min ago (5 replies)
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    • Try DBT 4 hr 10 min ago
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      • No, what is dbt 4 hr 6 min ago
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        • Np: cbt - therapy to learn how to manage the thoughts and mess can help too 4 hr 5 min ago
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  2. Special Needs Is the Manhattan location of windword for middle school? 4 hr 32 min ago (16 replies)
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    • ^windward 4 hr 31 min ago
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    • I don't believe so- it's in Westchester 4 hr 30 min ago
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      • No, there is one in uws now too 4 hr 29 min ago
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        • it's upper east, east 90's near 2nd ave, though there is a temporary location for this year, I think. DS graduated and I'm trying to move on otherwise I'd look at the website for...(more) 4 hr 25 min ago
          you. :)
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          • The temporary location is 97th and Amsterdam. I walked by it today 4 hr 24 min ago
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    • this school year the manhattan campus will have 3-6 grades. next year 2-7, eventually will go from 1-9 as does the one in Westchester. 4 hr 26 min ago
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      • Oh, good. We are looking for middle school soon 4 hr 25 min ago
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        • would you not be interested in the westchester campus? 4 hr 22 min ago
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          • I live in NYC so it's not really convenient 4 hr 21 min ago
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            • ok. but you know that so many NYC kids attend the Windward in westchester? they take a bus of car service. i'm just saying that sometimes, in SN school world, "convenient" is...(more) 4 hr 20 min ago
              not your primary concern.
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              • But now she has the option in manhattan. Why would she go to Westchester 2 hr 56 min ago
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                • well, it's a nicer campus for one. my two favorite teachers there are now in manhattan, but I am not sure that would be a deal breaker for me, if I had a son who really, really...(more) 2 hr 54 min ago
                  needed to be on a campus and have the opportunity to be outside daily, in a large gym, large classrooms, etc. There are pros and cons to both situations. also, they don't accept you into Manhattan just because you live in manhattan....there are fewer seats in manhattan....so you still might be accepted to Westchester.
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                  • ^^and only someone extremely entitled woudl turn down a spot in SN school bc it wasn't "convenient." 2 hr 53 min ago
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                    • Omfg. Are you serious? You are on the sn board. People's kids have different issues and for some kids traveling is an issue 2 hr 51 min ago
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                  • There has only been one year of acceptances for manhattan. I bet going forward they will try to keep manhattan kids in manhattan 2 hr 52 min ago
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                    • Which would be great for Westchester and CT kids because there are so few SN schools in the area. 2 hr 27 min ago
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  3. Special Needs I really worry about my 11yo ADHD ASD son. I am so scared for his future. Medicated, but he still makes such bad judgement, and everything is against him and he is always the...(more) 4 hr 52 min ago (0 replies)
    vicitm. I am terrified of the teen years.
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  4. Special Needs You know, If josh does write the tell all book I would so read it. 4 hr 59 min ago (1 reply)
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    • ^^^menat for toddler 4 hr 59 min ago
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  5. Special Needs Trying again: ds is 11yo. He is on Focalin XR 15mg. A friend of mine with a child who has SN sent this to me. This is my ds to a T. I am not sure about the difference between...(more) 5 hr 9 min ago (6 replies)
    Focalin and INuniv and I don't know if I want to mess with his meds as they seem to work. He has had tons of therapy, but I don't know if they focused on this. Curious as to your thoughts and any help on the difference between the 2 http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/10121.html
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    • Intuniv is better for calming hyperactivity or impulse but not for focus. Makes you tired and potentially gain weight. 5 hr 5 min ago
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      • The Focalin seems to have calmed the impulse, but his anxiety is through the roof as is the emotional stuff. I worry so much. I am so tired. It's like before we medicated the adhd...(more) 5 hr 4 min ago
        masked the anxiety
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        • I would think other anxiety meds would be better. 5 hr 2 min ago
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          • we have an appointment with his doc next month I will talk to him then. Maybe more talk therapy is the way to go 5 hr 1 min ago
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            • Stimulants like Focalin worsen anxiety. Common side effect and often you need another led to counteract it 4 hr 12 min ago
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        • np; mine os on focalin AND an anti-anxiety. the combination helps a LOT. But I hope she isn't depended on meds forever. 4 hr 58 min ago
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  6. Special Needs What is the difference between Intuitv and Focalin? 5 hr 35 min ago (7 replies)
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    • Hey, disliker, I have a ds who is on Focalin.He has serious anxiety issues and emotional issues and we are thinking about switching or adding so I am trying to sort this out. 5 hr 32 min ago
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      • I think it's someone who is disliking every post. Sometimes this idiotic disliker goes on a rampage and tonight they must be looking at all boards. 5 hr 28 min ago
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        • no, now it has 2 dislikes. SIgh. I just read an article about emotional dysregulation and ADHD kids and it sounds like my ds to a t. He is on 15mg of Focalin XR right now, but it...(more) 5 hr 26 min ago
          seems like INuntiv actually works on that emontional part where as Focalin doesn't, so I am just asking for advie
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          • Ignore the dislikes! It is not coming from anyone you need to pay attention to, I PROMISE. 5 hr 23 min ago
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            • can you help? :) 5 hr 23 min ago
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              • I wish I could or I would have answered you right away...my dc has never been on stims :( 5 hr 19 min ago
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      • I don't know but I have a ds on Intuniv, its been very helpful (he is ASD, teh same above starting Abilify). only bummer is the generic is not an option, made him very irritable!...(more) 5 hr 11 min ago
        and the branded is $$$$$)
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  7. Special Needs Update from last week: 10 year DS is starting Abilify, 0.5 mgs to start. The psych we say yesterday spent an hour with DH and I and was fully on board with Abilify... but then...(more) 6 hr 26 min ago (8 replies)
    later spent an hour w/ds and told me can't believe its the same child as I described. Naturally, ds was perefectly compliant and calm, tried to please. And he was with his behavioral therapist with whom he NEVER melts down. this is a week after I had to restrain him on the floor twice, screaming, outside the toilets on a long haul flight. and he chased people down the street at Disney shouting at them not to cough. (But I got th Abilify)
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    • Next time he melts down take video to show the dr. I have had to do that to show disbelieving experts all of dc's life! 6 hr 24 min ago
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      • DH has a view videos of ds just shouting.. but none of the major meltdowns (we're usually not able to get the phone out as we're tryig to restrain him) 6 hr 23 min ago
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        • FEW videos 6 hr 22 min ago
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        • I hear that! But at least that gets you to the point where the doctor sees someone besides Mr. Totally Compliant. 6 hr 21 min ago
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    • my ds is like this too…had a full NP exam and the really had to stretch to say he has ADHD…completely zones out in school but during NP testing was alert and compliant , polite...(more) 6 hr 14 min ago
      etc...
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      • Did the NP do a school observation? 5 hr 43 min ago
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        • this was a ped psych, I needed someone local who could prescribe. My NP is based in Singapore (we're in HK) and she observes him 2x a year in school and has seen the behavior, but...(more) 5 hr 12 min ago
          she can't prescribe locally. He's been on Prozac which I was comfortable with her managing from overseas, but she wanted me to have someone local for the Abilify... also, he's good in school. Mostly 1x1 w/ABA trained therapists, some mainstreaming.
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          • Sorry! my question was for the OR who said her NP didn't see the inattention. 5 hr 11 min ago
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  8. Special Needs I am so sad that school starts tommorrow. Back to constant issues after a relatively stress-free summer. 9 hr 41 min ago (4 replies)
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    • Homeschool. 9 hr 39 min ago
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      • not an option 9 hr 37 min ago
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        • ^^^and ds was at camp this summer, the issue is more the school structure 9 hr 37 min ago
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    • I feel the same way. I always consider homeschooling but I'm just not qualified. 8 hr 15 min ago
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  9. Special Needs Sensory 7yo dd's newest thing is to crave nuzzling her nose against me or dh. When she does it dh, she gets him right in the belly. With me, it's right in the chest and she ends...(more) 9 hr 47 min ago (1 reply)
    up like motor boating me lol! I keep redirecting, correcting, but wish I could come with some sort of replacement for what she's seeking. If she gets tired especially, she just gets like laser-focused and faceplants into me
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  10. Special Needs Early days yet but kid is liking college. I think we found one that is a good fit 10 hr 48 min ago (4 replies)
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    • Awesome! Can you tell us what school? 10 hr 46 min ago
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    • oh great! where? 10 hr 46 min ago
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      • love it--congrats to all! 6 hr 39 min ago
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    • that made my day! 6 hr 25 min ago
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  11. Special Needs Perspective, please - 8yo is old enough to know not to do things like mix up your pasta with your fingers, right? Sensory SN, but I feel like that should no longer affect her...(more) 13 hr 23 min ago (6 replies)
    ability to not eat like a cave person :)
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    • Yes, that is something an 8yo can master. 13 hr 23 min ago
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    • tell that to my dh. just keep reminding dc to use fork. 13 hr 22 min ago
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    • there is no analysis. just correct her. 8 is borderline. of course the perfect parents here wouldnt tolerate that...but hang in there 13 hr 22 min ago
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      • That's the nice thing about the SN board, we all know there's no perfection! 12 hr 16 min ago
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    • op - I'm just afraid kids are going to make fun of her. Her manners are so terrible, and yes we model, correct, etc. Hoping with age it will improve 13 hr 20 min ago
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    • I started getting on mine at that age. I told him he could do it but that kids would start noticing and make fun of it. If he did not care that's fine but that he should know...(more) 11 hr 46 min ago
      that's his choice to behave that way. We also took them to a fancy place and explained that when he is older that you may have to do dinners with your job, or a date but now it's just dinner at friends and sleepovers and eatting past with your hands at x friends house may not get you invited to another sleepover.
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  12. Special Needs Traveling with kids tomorrow. JetBlue has been amazing. Giving us even more speed so my 11 yo ds (adhd/ocd/anxiety/mood disorder) ds doesn't lose it waiting in huge lines. Called...(more) 14 hr 6 min ago (16 replies)
    today to ask for it- or pay for it- totally didn't care. The agent said "well, is he in a wheel chair? Because then we can make accommodations." I lost it. If you could SEE my sons challenges than you want to help me. But because he has mental health issues its against TSA regulations... This crystalized the struggle. My son 'looks normal' to many. Then he rages and the many then think he's a brat. I wish I could impart in a word how hard he tries. How everything in his life is about trying to fit a type, a role, in a box he can not and will never fit in. He gets shushed by strangers for cheering on his favorite tennis player. He gets stared at when he cries out of frustration. He is called a liar when anxiety exaggerates the real physical pain injuries have caused him. I am nervous about 6th grade. About grades and girls and judgements coming down from new sources. But I am wildly frustrated and angry at a world that still treats mental health issues as t
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    • if there was some way you could say to people, my son is trying very hard, it may not seem like that to you, but we apprecitae your patience and understanding 14 hr 5 min ago
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      • OP I do say that. But as many have told me "You are lucky he's good looking". He doesn't look the way strangers think a child with special needs should look. So the stares and...(more) 13 hr 57 min ago
        often comments (especially from uber drivers!) continue
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        • NP: this is my son to a T. he has a lot of the same stuff as your ds with ld's as well. he is gorgeous with huge blue eyes. we get the "you're lucky he is good looking" comment...(more) 7 hr 40 min ago
          too.
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    • I hear you. I am appalled that insurance companies lump mental illness with addiction. I am appalled that they won't pay for ds' psychiatrist. Hang in there! Wish I could...(more) 14 hr 4 min ago
      offer more concrete help.
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      • OP here- actually I understand addiction and mental illness being put together. My sister battled depression and addivtion and lost that battle at 40. But I also understand your...(more) 14 hr 1 min ago
        point. I think as a society we stigmatize both and those who need our care the most get censure.
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    • Confused - has JetBlue been helpful or not? Who won't make accomodations? 14 hr 4 min ago
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      • sorry- they have been helpful in the past. This morning I got the wheelchair comment. 14 hr 3 min ago
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        • I'm sorry. That sucks. 14 hr 2 min ago
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          • I was crying. The agent put me on hold and went back to her supervisor. She came back and gave me the more speed pass. I apologized for being curt. She said she realized I was...(more) 13 hr 59 min ago
            right. then told me her 18 year old daughter was out of school for 10 months with anxiety... It was incredible that doing her job put her in a position she knows ALL too well as a mom to a child with mental health issues.
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            • It sounds like they corrected their mistake and helped you out which is great. 13 hr 41 min ago
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              • yes. I guess my rant is that the default is not to allow these exceptions. 13 hr 40 min ago
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                • Most people will help once educated, the person now will think twice when helping someone 13 hr 23 min ago
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                  • I agree completely (OP here again) I guess my frustration is the intolerance at the institutional level. 9 hr 36 min ago
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    • my friend just sent me this. REad it...(more) 14 hr 3 min ago
      • In my sons first therapy session at 5 with Nick Seivert they played chess. After 6 minutes Nick came out to talk to me. He said my son could tell he was losing by looking at the...(more) 13 hr 53 min ago
        board. Nick said "You seem to be getting very frustrated. Winning must mean a lot to you." my son answered "If I don't win than I am nothing." That article is wildly on point. My ds is medicated. It stopped the self injurious language he started using at 6 and allowed him to make friends. He couldn't live without it.
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        • it really is. 13 hr 45 min ago
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  13. Special Needs When does school start for your sn child? where are located? private or public? 14 hr 49 min ago (13 replies)
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    • he starts this thurs, 9/3 in a SN funded private school in NY 14 hr 48 min ago
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      • Us too and I think our school is the only one in NY that's starting before Labor Day. I don't know any other SN schools that are. 14 hr 46 min ago
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    • it started 8/17. public. not in ny area 14 hr 48 min ago
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    • NYC, both my kids start 9/9, one private, one public. Soooooo late. 14 hr 42 min ago
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      • Between late Labor Day and all the holidays, this is a pretty thin September for school days! 14 hr 40 min ago
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    • 9/10, nyc, private 14 hr 33 min ago
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    • 9/8 private, NYC school is horrible in September and this 3 week break is killing me. Please let it be October already 14 hr 13 min ago
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      • private school is open during Jewish holidays? 14 hr 10 min ago
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        • No closed for the holidays, So there are 3 weeks of 1/2 weeks for September. Working full time and juggling days off with the long break at the end of summer is rough 13 hr 42 min ago
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    • Churchill 9/8 12 hr 45 min ago
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    • Cooke 9/10. With half days the 10th and 11th. Can't wait for school! Sorry we have half days at first. 12 hr 18 min ago
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    • 9/9 public ICT in Brooklyn. 8 hr 13 min ago
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    • mainstream private, new jersey, 9/8. SN school graduate 4 hr 23 min ago
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  14. Special Needs PSA: For parents who are going through the evaluation process for Early Intervention (EI) -- there is an amazing center-based program affiliated with Mt. Sinai. My son is aging...(more) 16 hr 17 min ago (0 replies)
    out and the teachers there have been so wonderful and supportive. My son has made great gains there and the opportunities for socialization have been wonderful. Many service coordinators are unaware that the program exists so you really need to advocate for the program at your IFSP meeting. If you are interested, the program is called the Mt. Sinai Therapeutic Nursery and the director there is Dr. Mona Dreier (212-241-6878). You can call her and set up a tour/screening to see if the program would be appropriate for your child.
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  15. Special Needs Anyone have any en (exceptional needs) kids that turned out okay? my dd is 3.5. pleasr i need inspiration 8-31-2015 9:47pm (6 replies)
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    • What's going on with your child? My dc is SN but I do not know what exceptional needs means vs. special needs...is it something specific? 8-31-2015 9:48pm
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    • That's a new term for me. Is it to express extreme special needs? 8-31-2015 9:49pm
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    • IF you mean a child who has lot of needs, I have one of those. We continue to make slow and steady progress but my child will need support for their entire life. I think it...(more) 8-31-2015 10:03pm
      hasgotten easier as I have gotten more accepting of the situation and have found what is good in the situation. It isn't easy, but I am pretty okay with our lives at the moment.
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    • is this a new word for the sn2 or whatever was the phrase? 14 hr 21 min ago
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    • I think OP is referring to 2E- gifted and special needs. I don't like the term. My son fits this definition. He is 11 and its hard. we have amazing days and we have days I want to...(more) 14 hr 4 min ago
      drink tequila and never leave my apartment. Its day by day.
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      • she says her child is 3, so not sure how she can tell at that age he is twice exceptional or whatever is the preferred term...unless he's doing calculus and physics now, I didn't...(more) 4 hr 21 min ago
        know that anyone quantified at 3 year old as gifted .
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  16. Special Needs Helping to start a soup kitchen. Anyone have a good source of recipes to feed a crowd? 8-31-2015 8:47pm (1 reply)
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    • I usually thing of soup, pasta dishes, tuna salad... 16 hr 45 min ago
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  17. Special Needs Will a behaviorist help with my 11yo ds' self-directed personality /rigidity about everything? Everything has to be his way or he has a meltdown. 8-31-2015 8:13pm (7 replies)
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    • is he an only chid? 8-31-2015 8:14pm
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      • op: No. 8-31-2015 8:14pm
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        • has thing behavior been going on long? 8-31-2015 8:16pm
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          • op: Yes, and we've tried many meds. He's on 2 meds now, but he's still impossible at times. 8-31-2015 8:19pm
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    • It should 8-31-2015 8:16pm
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    • Yes, and that is exactly who I would work with. 8-31-2015 8:28pm
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    • this is my son too. any recommendations? 13 hr 52 min ago
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  18. Special Needs Damn. have to start wearing professional attire to work again next week 8-31-2015 7:30pm (0 replies)
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  19. Special Needs How does busing work? Attorney has requested it and gave dh a number to call. Now what? 8-31-2015 7:20pm (7 replies)
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    • What is on your current IEP for classroom assignment? 8-31-2015 7:47pm
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      • sn private school. 8-31-2015 7:56pm
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        • You mean a funded non public school is on your IEP? Why do you need an attorney then? If you have been deferred to CBST, that comes with bussing. 8-31-2015 8:29pm
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          • non-funded school. we sue every year. this is the first year we are trying to obtain busing 8-31-2015 8:43pm
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            • Oh then SN private school is not on your IEP then. What exactly is on your IEP? It matters for bussing. 8-31-2015 8:49pm
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              • DOE neglected to convene an IEP last year 8-31-2015 8:52pm
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                • In that case I would call the SN school's bus coordinator and ask for their advice. You can't go straight to the OPT because the OPT needs to get your dc's name from CSE to put on...(more) 8-31-2015 8:56pm
                  a route. What was the number your lawyer gave you, which office?
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  20. Special Needs Anyone have Ritchie Scarpa and Darren Johnson email addresses handy? I just got my bussing for school and I see a problem before we even begin. (Emails for OPT personnel). Thank...(more) 8-31-2015 4:40pm (2 replies)
    you.
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    • Scarpa is...(more) 8-31-2015 4:42pm
      rscarpa@schools.nyc.gov and I don't know Darren Johnson but they almost always follow that same naming convention.
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  21. Special Needs Is this sleazy or just what I should expect from a psychiatrist? We have seen the same doctor for ds for the last three years. For the last two years we have just done medchecks....(more) 8-31-2015 4:21pm (18 replies)
    We did one in June and I paid for it. Last week, I got a bill for another $100. I called and the office told me that was because the doctor talked to us for more than 15 minutes. The doctor called me back to talk, did not inform us that she was upgrading the visit, and I just feel it was really not cool to do that. I will also say this appt was no different than the others we've had before. Lastly, she charges an extra fee for every prescription she writes, so I just feel very nickel and dimed. I called the billing office and they basically said sometimes this happens and that's just the way it is. Really makes me feel taken advantage of, especially since this doctor basically made $200 for less than 30 minutes of time related to my kid, and that doesn't count the prescription fees.
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    • To me it is definitely not okay that the doctor did not say at the start of the call - she called you, right? - "this call is on the clock, FYI." I would send an email to the...(more) 8-31-2015 4:24pm
      doctor to tell her that you are unhappy with this because you didn't ask her to call you and you did not know the call would be charged for until after the fact when you were billed. Then you have a clean slate and know from now on that her time will always be billed for.
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      • she made it clear via the billing service she isn't going to back off of this charge. I can put a note in the file for medcheck only but honestly, I am tempted to switch to...(more) 8-31-2015 4:28pm
        another doctor. My in-network coverage is such a joke anyway, there is really little incentive to stay with her.
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        • ^^and yes, she called me in. 8-31-2015 4:28pm
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        • I would look for another doctor who is a better communicator. Hopefully if she loses patients for sneaking in this way she'll realize it's costing her money. Pay it and tell her...(more) 8-31-2015 4:36pm
          you're moving on and why.
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    • I would not pay additional charges unless you were informed that you were subject to charges as all of this appears to be a base level of service provided. 8-31-2015 4:26pm
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      • I agree in principal but what leverage do I have other than walking? 8-31-2015 4:29pm
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    • I have never head of prescription fees with any psychiatrist/doctor I have worked with for child or adult. 8-31-2015 4:55pm
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    • Never heard of this. Bring it up with the dr and make a change if you are not happy with the response 8-31-2015 6:59pm
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    • This post has been disliked 4 times. showAs a psychiatrist and a SN patent, I am really offended by your statement "just what I should expect..." We work very hard to know our patients and to help people at their most...(more) 8-31-2015 10:23pm
      vulnerable moments. Whether or not your psychiatrist did something that you think is wrong, that is an offensive and obnoxious statement. Also, check his/her policy -either on the website or in papers you signed. Many people charge for calls over 15 minutes as we work in time increments. Time on the phone with you is time NOT seeing another patient. We also spend hours on the phone getting prior authorization from insurance companies, talking to teachers, NPs, pediatricians, etc. We are not vending machines that spit out prescriptions.
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      • I hope you tell your patients what your policies are rather than assuming that stressed-out SN parents have read your website thoroughly. 8-31-2015 10:44pm
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      • np you sound like an asshole and I'm SO glad you aren't my doctor. 8-31-2015 10:48pm
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      • website says nothing and she up charges for everything. fwiw, the billing staff apologized to me and basically said this was not something I could have anticipated. I hope you...(more) 8-31-2015 10:48pm
        treat your patients nicely. Not all of us are made of money, and some of us actually have to budget.
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        • ^^I did not talk to her on the phone. She called me back after ds' medcheck as she has done before. We were in and out quickly. UNfotunately for me, I didn't have my stopwatch...(more) 8-31-2015 10:50pm
          running and even if I had, she didn't add the upcharge until after I'd left and paid the original medcheck fee.
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          • ^^called me back into her office to talk ... to clarify. I can see why you might have thought a phone call was involved but there wasn't a call. This all took place at her...(more) 8-31-2015 10:52pm
            office during a regular appt.
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            • So in other words the regular appointment ran long. You paid for that appointment and then she realized that in asking you to come back into her office to explain something she...(more) 9-1-2015 12:19am
              had gone past the time allotted for the visit. And sent a second bill. Right? If that's the case, and she did not tell you that the second conversation was going to mean an additional bill, I would really think strongly about leaving the practice.
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      • maybe you do and that's great. and I respect the help you offer. but at $250/hr that is the going rate for so many pediatric psychiatrists, don't kid yourself...(more) 8-31-2015 10:58pm
        that you're not getting rich off someone's misfortune. A kid whose parents don't have insurance or just medicare has very limited options. Many of us work long days and went to school for years and don't get to charge outrageous fees, blame insurance companies and talk about the good we do.
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        • np: I don't think this diatribe is warranted against psychiatrists in general, who do not go into practice to get rich off of others misfortunes any more than any medical...(more) 8 hr 14 min ago
          professional becomes a doctor to get rich off sick people. However, it does seem like OP needs to clarify terms with her child's psych. It is a huge problem that mental health care isn't covered as much as physical health care in this country. I have never heard of going for a med check and getting charged for prescriptions, though.
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  22. Special Needs I hope you don't mind me asking this here. I come here to talk about my adhd/ ASD ds. I too have adhd and used to take short acting Ritalin. I stopped more than ten years ago,...(more) 8-31-2015 2:50pm (6 replies)
    when first trying to get pregnant. My youngest is old enough now that I feel like I should be able to focus again much better than I am. I thought I would try taking one of ds's meds because he has changed a few times and extras are sitting here. I thout that would give me more info before I talk to my doctor. I took adderall 15mg, and I am feeling speedy and buzzy. Is it just the wrong med for me, or do you think I never really had add and just need to get it together?
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    • i think you should never take anyone else's meds!! 8-31-2015 2:51pm
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      • Yes, clearly that is the right answer, but I have add and poor impulse control! 8-31-2015 3:23pm
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        • np: Did meds help you with that aspect when you took them? If so, there's your answer: you're looking for more help, so it's time to book an appt with a psych for yourself and...(more) 8-31-2015 3:57pm
          talk about what meds are appropriate.
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          • You are right. Of course you are right, but making appointments, especially in a place we moved to last year and I don't have a doctor yet, well, you know. Meds definitely helped...(more) 8-31-2015 4:03pm
            me concentrate when I took them in the past. I think I would have failed out of grad school without them. I still struggled with my filter. But yes, you are rut, of course you are right. I would never make the same excuses for my kid that I make for myself
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    • 15mg is a lot, not a starting dose. Of course you feel speedy - it is speed. I have adhd and take a stimulant. Understand that stimulants help everyone focus better which is why...(more) 8-31-2015 7:52pm
      students buy them for exams, etc. Talk to a doctor - if you have heart issues or circulation issues (cold hands and feet for example) it may not be a great idea but talk to a doctor.
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      • If there is a ritalin based drug around from your son, try that at a low dose. Address and ritalin are different and often one will be a good drug for someone and the other isn't....(more) 8-31-2015 7:54pm
        You've taken ritalin before.
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  23. Special Needs Need to find an afterschool sitter for child with SN (7) (ADHD and other issues) and NT child (5) in Long Island, Nassau County- where do I start? 8-31-2015 2:29pm (2 replies)
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    • Try Sittercity and Care.com. 8-31-2015 2:59pm
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      • I have had good luck with care.com 8-31-2015 5:04pm
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  24. Special Needs Hung out with folks who have never really met my SN child (6) - one person who used to be a Special Ed teacher tells their spouse that DS sure keeps our hands full. this is so tru...(more) 8-31-2015 2:27pm (2 replies)
    e - but why is it still hurtful to me after all these years to have others say it. I should not care- but i do...
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    • she was probably trying to impart sympathy 8-31-2015 2:27pm
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      • I think so too...but I felt like it was pity. I don't they meant it in a mean way-- but still... 8-31-2015 2:29pm
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  25. Special Needs You know, if we stopped having K be so damn academic maybe, just maybe parents wouldn't have to redshirt as much 8-31-2015 1:40pm (2 replies)
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    • &&&^^^meant for toddler, but my point is here too, if it wasn't so academic many kids would do so much better 8-31-2015 1:41pm
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      • yes, my older kids went when K was for learning letters and numbers and they both did well in school. For my younger kids early grades more stressful but I doubt they will be...(more) 8-31-2015 7:16pm
        "ahead" by 12th.
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