Through The Wringer – part 2

Today we dodged a huge legal bullet. A few weeks ago, my son was arrested for third degree aggravated assault (against a police officer) and resisting arrest – all because he refused to leave my home after he had another one of his emotional rants towards me. I had called the police that night to […]

How A Horse Gave Me Clarity

I rode on a horse for the first time in my life the other day. I wanted to do it for several reasons – I’ve never really been around animals much, I wanted to do something new and different, and I wanted to understand the connection between the human spirit and that of a horse’s. […]

Lessons Learned From ODD – part 3

Not everyone has the will power to handle people who are obstinate and rigid. My son’s father is one of them. Interestingly, he too is an incredibly rigid person. For the last nearly three years, he has relinquished all of his parental responsibilities and rights for a number of reasons; one of which is the […]

IEP & Section 504 Plans

If your child has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or any condition that impacts his/her school performance, it is very important to know what your options & rights are with regard to special education.  There are 14 different categories of disability under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).  Most mental health related disorders […]

Why I Chose No Medication for My Son’s ODD

I never really seriously considered medication for my son.  He was diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) when he was 5 years old.  At the same time, the doctor observed defiant behaviors but did not diagnose ODD (oppositional defiant disorder).  That early on and throughout the following years, many doctors recommended medication but I […]