Hi! I am new to the board.

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Registered: 04-10-2003
Hi! I am new to the board.
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Tue, 05-20-2003 - 7:58pm
Hello everybody! My name is Heather and I have a 2 1/2 year old son, Chase, who has been diagnosed with SI Disorder for the last 6 months. He has three therapists and attends a Head Start program to give me a break and some time for myself. He also has been diagnosed with ADD/Hyperactivity and it's been a real fight since he was born to get him to do anything. In reading many of your discussions, I can SOOOO relate to the feelings of being overwhelmed and embarrassed by the everyday battles I face with my son. People don't understand the disorder and many have never heard of it and therefore think it doesn't really exist. Indeed it does as many of you can relate. I am pregnant with my second child due in Dec. and I praying this child doesn't have as much energy and desire for attention. I know that is bad to wish, but I just don't know if I am up to the challenge of going through this again. I know I will if I am forced, but the first 2 1/2 years of my son's life have really tested my patience and until he was diagnosed I thought I was losing my mind over not being able to get him to behave.

My son is obsessed with telephones, vacuums, and has much difficulty in making any sort of transition. I am so grateful he was diagnosed early through the free First Steps program here in Kentucky and has been able to receive therapy. I highly recommend occupational, speech, and developmental therapies. They have made some improvements in Chase's behavior. I don't think I could have made it through without the diagnosis.

I am so glad you all are here and I hope we will be able to help each other with a condition many people are unfamiliar with and don't take seriously until it happens to them. Much hugs and support!

Heather LaBarbara - Lexington, KY

Chase 10/30/00

Baby X - 12/20/03

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 05-20-2003 - 9:14pm
Welcome, Heather and Chase! Hopefully you will find some good advice here. I know I find it most helpful to come to this board and know I am not alone and that there ARE people who understand how challenging this can be. My DD is 6 and has also been trying our patience since she came to live with us 4 1/2 years ago. We added a second child to our family last year, and it was actually really good for our daughter to learn to share and not get all of our attn. all of the time.....not to say that the transition was easy, but it was definitely a pos. thing. We are adding a third child in July - a newborn this time, so a whole new experience for us. I am glad you are finding good help with starting therapy. It has been a sanity saver for us, too! Nice to meet you! Kristin and Carlee (6.5), Alex (2), and baby due 7/20
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 05-21-2003 - 7:26am
Welcome to our board Heather!

You will find alot of support and a great deal of knowledge here. We are all trying to get through each day with as few meltdowns as possible and since that can't always happen we have this board to vent out feelings.

Lynn

Homeschooling, its any where you want to be!