Are you the single parent of a special needs child?

United States
August 24, 2009 11:06pm CST
Are you the single parent of a special needs child? If so what are your day to day challanges? What is your childs special needs and is your co-parent involved in anyway? I have a 6 year old daughter with many mental issues who was recently hospitalized and diagnosed with a severe form of ADHD, separation anxiety, and mood disorder NOS. Our day consists of mood swings variying from being very cooperative to violent temper tantrums to a need to being attached at my hip. She is under the care of 2 therapists working cooperatively and a psychiatrist. The worst part of our day I would have to say is first thing in the morning before her first dose of Ritilin. The last time her father has seen her was while she was in the hospital in June and the last time he saw my son was in May. To also throw salt in the wounds he has now cut off child support. We are keeping things going with love therapy and cooperation. I spend a lot of time with the kids and have become very creative about how we have fun together but the important thing is the kids know they have me and have a stable home with me. I would love to hear how you deal with your day to day life and maybe get some new ideas on how to handle my own. Thanks and have a blessed day!
1 response
@weasel81 (2501)
• Australia
25 Aug 09
well i'm not single, but seem to be at times. my son has verbal dyspraxia, so he can't say some words right and it can make life hard at times. he didn't say mum and dad till he was about 4yrs old. i had to push to get the diagnosed with something, cause things weren't right. the major factor is having a set daily activities, we had it in picture form. i still keep things like that going, cause it makes things easier for me. i don't tell him to often if he's going to a b'day party cause then he get a fix on it and that's it, he keeps on about it no matter how many times you tell other wise. then his father says things he shouldn't and now he's copying them, that really hurts, so i get no support on getting things done with him like home work.