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I had my dd's IEP meeting yesterday. She is 18 and in a transition school. They all loved her and said very nice things about my dd! However, I got to thinking. This year a re-evaluation was done (no surprises), but the eval consistanly showed that dd is in the 1% or less range for her age. She has the basic abilities of a 3-5 grader...yet one of her goals is to go for her drivers permit and perhaps her license <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Would we really encourage a 5th grader to drive? Another area of issue was "work skills". This is the area that shows the greatest need for improvement and the area that will be the most difficult for dd...yet one of her goals is to get a job (although because she is still in school, the programs out there can't help her obtain employment) DD did have a job for a couple of months (it was a basic disaster). Again, I am wondering how an adult/child with her abilities can be expected to obtain and keep meaningful employment (not that I am against her having a job...I totally encourage this, but I'm wondering if we are just setting her up to fail). Another issue...every person who works with my dd states that she is happy, kind, helpful, considerate and fun. The evaluation points to believing that she is severly depressed (she is very anxious, but I've never thought of dd as depressed).<br><br>
Because of some other things that have been going on we are starting therapy (her intake meeting/evaluation is Thursday). Should I mention the depression to the counselor or wait and see what they come up with on their own? DD also states that she sometimes hears voices (all they say is her name). DD birthmom has schizophrenia....<br><br>
Anyone have thoughts to share?
 

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I'm sorry, I don't have any suggestions as my kids are much younger, but I wanted to post to give you support. I think you are great to be thinking about these things. I hope you have a great outcome at the meeting.
 

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I also want to give you support. What nice things people are saying about your daughter!<br><br>
At your therapy intake session, I would definitely mention anything that concerns you -- including depression and the family history of schizophrenia. Typical onset (from what I remember) of schizophrenia is late teens - early 20's. There are wonderful therapies to help manage this (if this is the case) and treating it sooner rather than later can make all the difference. IMO and IME, more information given is better than witholding.<br><br>
Don't forget to take care of yourself, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 
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