Counting down the days until Caroline starts at the public high school here next week. She is so excited. Today I called the district to initiate the IEP process. With the concussions, the bipolar disorder, the ADHD, the Non Verbal Learning Disorder, and the extremely low processing speed, she should qualify for some accommodations and modifications. So we shall see how next week goes. She got into Geometry which was huge, but we are choosing to have her repeat Spanish I. Last year was such a wash. Better to start fresh. She met the lacrosse coach at the school who watched her do some drills with the other girls and the coach was pretty impressed with her skills. No sports this fall though. Caroline said she just wants to focus on academics anyway.
She had her first meetings with both her new psychologist and her new psychiatrist. Well, I should say the NP at the psychiatrist's office. The psychologist meeting went much better than that with the NP. So we are switching her over to another psychiatrist in the practice who is likely more suitable. But to find these new providers is huge.
Mathnasium is continuing to make a huge difference in her Algebra skills. Worth every penny.
I am looking into a part-time job but have no idea where to start. So many news things all at once.
I will check back next week after the first few days of school.
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.