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Hi All,

Lor, you asked how our school meeting went and I thought this was the best thread to answer that.

It went as well as can be expected, but was still disappointing. It was good in the sense that the CST was open to listening and seemed genuinely concerned, but bad in the sense that they didn't seem to have a handle on what was going on at all.

To make matters worse, we just found out, on the last day of the marking period that Zac is failing French. His French teacher does not understand children with special needs and has made no accomodations for him. He has missed alot of her classes, just like the others, but she decided to report it and, since he has supposedly missed 10 classes (we're not sure if that's right), it's an automatic failure. We think we can appeal it, but the question then is, do we want him to stay in the class or drop it?

As Jules said, it never ends. Zac's mood has been better, but there always seems like we are dealing with something. This is certainly better than when his moods were swinging by the hour, but I deluded myself to think that once we got him stabilized, life would just get back to normal.

The school part is especially hard on my husband and sometimes he's very supportive and sometimes very critical of Zac. I understand his frustration, but it doesn't help the overall picture. Zac and he are getting along much better, but there does always seem to be some issue swirling around us!

How's Drew? It sounds like he is doing better again, although not quite himself. Is that accurate?

Chelle, I've been keeping up with Amanda on the other thread and I'm sorry she is having so much difficulty. Are you moving forward with the classification?

I don't think the schools really understand this disorder at all. As Zac's Studies Skills teacher said, this is much tougher to understand than a physical disability where a teacher can see the problem, or a physical illness, where a teacher has some preconceived understanding of the problem. Here, our kids look fine, and it is often their behavior or their ability to execute that is impacted and it's easy for the teachers to determine "they could do the work if they wanted to." She said when she spoke to Zac's French teacher, the French teacher said Zac had more than enough time to get his assignments done and she was trying to make the French teacher understand that sometimes all of the time in the world is not enough - you have to go with the flow of what the kids can manage at a point in time. She said the French teacher was unwilling to listen to her.

Ah, never a dull moment.

I hope all of you are well.

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