About our Daughter
I am mother to four wonderful daughters, ages 13, 15, 17 and 19, 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. She is in the very challenging teen years, and she is attempting a big public high school for the first time. In spite of the trials, she enjoys lacrosse, running, 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.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Mathnasium Testing and Verdict
Caroline had a math assessment done at Mathnasium yesterday, and let's just say that she shouldn't be taking Algebra I right now. Sigh. Her math learning disability evidenced itself in every problem. She can't remember any of her pre-Algebra skills!!! And she has had two years of pre-Algebra!!! She could do the basic algebra equations because that is what she is working on right now. But she can't remember how to turn decimals into percentages and her word problem skills were dismal! So this means that we have to go back to a seventh grade math level again in tutoring. Knowing how poor her long term memory was when Learning RX tested her in October, we aren't surprised, just saddened. Algebra may not be something she will finish this year before school starts in the fall. In which case she may be doing some summer school in high school so she can get the four years of math that she needs to go to college. And it is quite obvious now that she can never take a break from math in the summer. She will need the constant reinforcement to not lose any ground she has made. The hard part is that her 14 year old 8th grade younger sister is flying through Algebra this year, and Caroline is in the 9th grade and is turning 16 next week and can't get beyond pre-Algebra. :(
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