Intellectually challenged.

May 17, 2006 at 7:31 pm 5 comments

Parenting a child that is intellectually handicapped (she is mildly handicapped) can be frustrating. During our daughter’s schooling, there were nights when we went to bed crying, frustrated and wondering what kind of future she might have.  See this article in Newsweek. Hope! It breaks a parents heart to see their child, who has the same desires and aspirations as other kids, held back.  We’ve been fighting the “held back syndrome” throughout the school years.  This is great news.

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  • 1. Faith  |  May 18, 2006 at 12:16 am

    Hi,I am just wanting to say hi and good luck with your daughter.I have a son who will be 16 in august and he is a special needs child,he is so much fun and so so smart it amazes me,but he just does not do as well as “Normal Kids”,I say whatever.What is normal anyways?Lol.My child has been on the honor roll this whole year at school, and you no what makes me so mad and sad at the same time,I know he will never be offered a chance to join the honor society at school.I am betting that he might not be able to do the work that the other kids do,but I do beleive that he could teach them a thing or 2 about life and kindness and generosity,love and being happy and rolling with the punches.Sorry I am not wanting to vent like this at you,I just understand what you are saying about what kind of life is your child going to have later in life and going to bed crying and frustrated.Good luck to you and your daughter.

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  • 2. Mike B.  |  May 21, 2006 at 3:36 am

    We’re still working with T through this process…hopeful that, with her LD status, she’ll be able to go to college.

    Right here in IN, where you and I are, Mike, there are a number of schools that offer college education and LD services and assistance. Ivy Tech is one such school, and there are others, which we’ll be looking into, for T.

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  • 3. mike01s  |  May 21, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    Mike B. Agreed. And I’ve found from some co-workers that Purdue has some LD programs aleady. Said co-worker has a son studying CAD through the LD program at Purdue.

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  • 4. Gloria Laico  |  May 21, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    I am cautiously heartened by this article. My son, too, is mildly handicapped. I find that the school system offers NOTHING in the way of post-secondary guidance. I also find that most of the colleges that offer so-called “programs”, are programs for those that need more basic skills help, not true educational support. I am hoping that the links offered in this article will point us in toward the right path before he graduates next June.

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  • 5. mike01s  |  May 21, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    Gloria,
    I have to agree about being cautiously optimistic. We also experienced a lack of knowledge, additional info post-graduation (certificate of completion really, she couldn’t pass the state exam needed for a diploma). We found through some friends a non-profit org that helps kids that are Learning Disabled (I used that “tag” reluctantly). They assigned our daughter a job counselor that got her hired and coached her through the learning of her job in a restaurant, and now she is being screened for another job that is much better suited for her.
    I’m preparing another post to follow this up, that will have links for org’s that can help in various states. If you want to send me your state and the links, I’ll post them. If you don’t know, send me your state anyway. There is a good chance that some of the state people we link to here may know their peers in other states (at least we hope so). Mike.

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