Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Day Treatment Meeting

YESTERDAY--I had the meeting to get on the waiting list for the Day Treatment program Oh my goodness to me this just seems like a great answer.... I have been soooo worried about school starting. The program is actually 18-24 months long 9 am- 1 pm five days a week with only the Major Holidays off.

The public school provides transportation and the program is considered school replacement. When she exits the program they work directly with the school and she re-enters through the special ed program. They suggest this because during her time in day treatment she will be in a situation of one adult for every two children and it is too hard to enter the school and be 1 adult for 25-30 children...

The special ed department has a lower ratio and can work on getting Makala mainstreamed. The program deals with only Emotionally Disturbed children 3-8 years old. I was told to imagine a one hour session in therapy and to consider every hour M is there is therapy....They will integrate what she needs in to every part of her day--including the educational things. Parents are required to spend one hour a week min there--with 30 mins for 'quality' time with the child and 30-min dealing with the TEAM and her plan.

They also offer the family counseling, marriage counseling, and will help with at home living skills and parenting ideas....that fit with Makala and what they can learn from her. Our first step was the intake meeting I had yesterday and now her file will be given to the head shrink and he will decide if there is enough in the file to move it forward or if he would like to spend time with Makala.... Once he moves her forward there is a committee that decides which children are placed on the waiting list..... and then you wait for space...

They only accept 12 children in Makala's age group. We have been told to go forward and start school and continue with all the other therapy until we find out what will happen with the Day treatment situation.....My fingers are crossed....... I feel like this program could really make a difference.....This afternoon DH has agreed to go with me to the Attachment Therapists without the children..... Thank goodness it is about time! And....... things have been EVEN--Saturday went well but Sunday there was a melt-down and spitting and general not cool things.... I am just at the point where I am simply not responding to very much of anything.... I am saying, "bummer" a lot and I am keeping my facial expressions straight.... I also have to admit that it is not easy to want to enjoy time with her right at this moment.... I really do hope that the trip is going to be nice...I cannot wait to see my mommy!

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