David. Fixates on things. So when he asked about discharge from the facility he is in, I explained that before he could be discharged, a facility needed to be identified and either restructured or added on to, in order to house a child with Autism. Evidently he is under the belief that he is being discharged. And discharged to a specific place. Since I listed a number of facilities that could potentially be adapted for the needs of kids with Autism, he decided the one he is going to. Hate to burst his bubble, but unless things have drastically changed in the state of North Dakota’s mental health institutions, he isn’t coming home soon. Much as I want him home, it would likely be a huge step back for him to come straight home from his current facility. How do I know this? Simple history. It has happened before.
Well yesterday, we took our youngest to the hospital and admitted him to the psych unit. Today I got a call from the doctor in the ward. He asked me why we had not been giving David his medicines. When I explained that we had been giving them to him four times a day, and watching him take them, the doctor began to see things a little more clearly. Evidently David has not been swallowing his medicine. The blood work doesn’t show any rittalin or zyprexa in his blood which means he hasn’t swallowed any for at least three days. So now we are going to get him back on his medicines, and work on getting some compliance issues taken care of that will ensure that he takes his medicine like he is supposed to. Tweet #fighting4answrs
So I had to stop at our high school to sign some papers for one of my kids special education teachers, and the Superintendent happened to hear my voice. He came out, asked me if I had a few minutes so he could give me the paperwork for home schooling. Now, if you are following my blog, you already know this.. we are in spirited discussions with our district regarding the return of our youngest to public school. He was in a residential behavior modification program for 7 months. And once he completed their program they discharged him. Now the school doesn’t want him back, they want us to bus him 40 miles one way to another day treatment program. They will pay all expenses. Our argument is that our son deserves a chance to at least try to be successful in the public school setting. Least Restrictive Environment it