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(I have occassionally posted on this forum, under a previous username that I had to change for privacy reasons, so not a complete stranger...)<br><br>
My 8 y.o. child has a genetic condition and NLD (non-verbal learning disorder). Usually I feel pretty blessed, our situation could be so much worse. But today I'm tired of the rollercoaster *sigh* Had a long IEP meeting this afternoon (which I had to go to alone because my other child was sick and DH had to stay at home) that was mostly positive, but I just came away feeling very negative and sad that I have to fight for this stuff, that I have to be the sole propieter of all this knowledge when on some days I don't even understand it myself, and that even if I do/say everything right, it still might not come together as promised without more fighting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Anybody else ready for summer vacation to start? *I* need a vacation from the school system as much as my child, lol! (Of course, the summer is always filled with dr appointments, outside therapies, travel to specialists, etc. that can't get done during the school year <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
Thanks for letting me whine. I'll gladly share some chocolate brownies with you for your time!
 

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Please ship the chocolate brownies Overnight Express . . .<br><br>
I was just thinking today how much I would love to get off the damn rollercoaster. Heck, it would be great to get out of this whole amusement park, ykwim? It's always ONE MORE THING, and the school system is enough to make you want to buy an island somewhere and not look back. I am equal parts dreading and looking forward to summer, hoping that I can get to enjoy my child again, without the constant pressure of dealing with IEP's and assessments and transition planning and "well, we just don't know how we're going to handle circle time this year" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Pity, party of one
 

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Big hugs...I'm new to this forum, but not new to the special education system. IEP meetings are intimidating and difficult, and that's often the best case scenario. It is overwhelming to have to manage every detail and to try to figure out the system when all you really want to do is just sit back and wish you weren't in this position in the first place! I'm sorry you are feeling down at the moment...just remember that you are the best advocate for your child and that you have plenty of support here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I forgot to say that...<br><br>
Oh yes, chocolate brownies always help <i>everything</i>! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I hate the rollercoaster ... and right now we're not even dealing with the school system ... but I still just want to get off (and take my little guy with me so he can get a break as well).<br><br>
I do love chocolate brownies, however ...
 
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