About our Daughter

I am mother to four wonderful daughters, ages 17, 19, 21, and 23, and wife to the greatest husband on earth. God has given us a special child to raise one who was diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder at the age of seven, though she showed signs of it from the age of fifteen months. She also has ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder (sensory seeking), Dyslexia, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder-NOS, all typical comorbidities for a bipolar child. In spite of the trials, she enjoys lacrosse, running (finished her first marathon in October of 2014!), and reading and writing her own books. I will share with you the many joys and sorrows we have faced and will face in the future with the hope that you may find better understanding about this mental illness caused by both chemical and structural abnormalities in the brain. I desire that you will be encouraged by this blog if you are also dealing with a bipolar child. Thank you for reading and sharing in our journey.

How Did You Know She Was Bipolar So Young?

I wrote a long explanation of how we came to this bipolar diagnosis in a child so young under my post of March 19th of 2009. If your child or a child you know bears similarities, please seek out a good psychiatrist and don't wait for "things to get better." Often they will simply get worse, and the longer a child is unmedicated, the more damage their brain can accrue. Early diagnoses and treatment are key to providing these children with a chance at a successful life later as a teen and an adult.
Never change, start or stop a medication without the approval of your child's physician!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mathnasium: Fun Math Tutoring for Kids Who Hate Math

I have found a wonderful math tutoring business called Mathnasium.  We have one in our area, of which I was unaware until yesterday, but their sites are found around the country.  Unlike Sylvan, they specialize in math tutoring only and use the same curriculum that your child is using (they will order a book for the tutor at Mathnasium to keep on hand) and use methods that turn your child from a math hater into a math lover.  We may enlist them if we can afford it, because Caroline is just not getting Algebraic concepts.  Learning RX is helping, but we can't let her fall behind in Algebra I if she hopes to move on to Geometry in the fall.  www.mathnasium.com.

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