August 27, 2015
“Today is our first day of school, again...
Lord give me strength today and help me to have faith. My stomach is in knots. Everything we have done for the last year has brought us to today. So much has been done this last year. Munchkin was kicked out of a school. Then spent 2 weeks in hospitalization. She has spent 6 months in behavior therapy with a team of 4 professionals across 3 fields, meeting 3 times a week. In which she has meet every milestone & they feel she is the star pupil of the group. She has the aide of 5 different medications daily to help her. We have moved across 2 states to get her here. She turned 6 and has matured another year.
We have adjusted her sleep. We have adjusted what she eats. We've adjusted how we respond to her. I have typed up a "Tips & Techniques" cheat sheet for the teachers. I have met with them. I have created a meltdown bag of goodies. (All which I pray they never have to use). I know today will not be the deciding day. And even though I will run errands today without my mini-me by my side I will feel like I am "waiting for that call". I know she will have good behavior days and not so good behavior days. We must take them one at a time.
We have done all we know to do. It's in God's hands now. It's time to be still and wait.”
That post sums up the struggles my family has in just the last year, as my daughter attempts to go to school number 3. (Update Nov 6, 2016 We removed Samantha from school to return to a homeschool way of life.)
Hello! My name is Kristi Richardson and my daughter has been kicked out of two schools before the age of six. Our journey started when my daughter was 3. My daughter, Samantha, (or otherwise known as munchkin), struggles with SPD, ADHD, DMDD (disruptive mood dysregulation disorder), dyslexia and dysgraphia. We struggle each day as any parent of a special needs child would.
I know if you are reading this, you’re searching for answers, ideas, tips, hints, and help understanding your child. You’re frustrated at your situation. You feel lost with what to do and how you can help your child. You are overwhelmed with the daily emotional roller coaster ride and you don’t feel like anyone understands what you are going through. You’ve been looking, but there’s nothing substantial out there to really help you. I know; that was me too.
Now, I am not a doctor. Nor I am I a psychologist. I don’t have a degree in childhood development, or a background in behavioral science. I am a mom expert, graduated from the "Lived It Academy!" I work from home, blogging and creating art to bring advocacy to child mental health issues, as well as to support other moms who are struggling with special needs children. I am married to a fantastic man of almost 14 years in the suburbs of PA with our 7 year old daughter, Samantha, and our rescue dog, Scooter. I am parent and a fighter…just like you.
I am writing a book & created this blog so you won’t feel alone. I don’t want you to spend hours and hours scouring the internet looking for some shred of hope that you might find someone similar who has any idea on what you should do. You need real help, right now. A technique to try. A plan of attack. A new way of thinking. A change in your perspective. An understanding and insight on what’s going on with your child. My family has spent years entrenched in this battle facing an unknown diagnosis with a child so young that help doesn’t really exist for that age group. We’ve done a lot, learned a lot, changed a lot, and grown in ways I couldn’t have ever imagined. I want to share everything we've learned, the hard way, with you so you don't have to struggle.
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