What has caused the sudden increase in people with Social Anxiety?
It seems like Social Anxiety is a fairly new disorder. What has it made it so prominent in the past couple decades?
One viewpoint is that it hasn’t increased. People are just more in touch with their emotions nowadays–which has caused more awareness of it and that awareness can actually enhance the symptoms of SA.
I don’t think thats completely true. I agree that people are more in touch with their emotions, but I’d still say there is an increase caused by something else.
Does anybody have any thoughts as to why you think SA has increased in the past years?
I appreciate it.
barry jennings answers:
Research identified it as an issue and created criterion by which it can be identified. Treatment plans follow identification – medication and therapy.
It’s the same with children and bipolar disorder or children with ADD/ADHD. Surely they existed prior to the diagnosable disorder.
Much of this is due to medical insurance billing. They need a name/diagnosis to bill.
What are good statagies to use in an IEP meeting in order to get the best placement for my child?
My child is ADHD with Post Traumatic Stress and possibly Depression. She is receiving resource assistance, but needs a more therapeutic setting in order to advance academically. How can I get his across to the powers -that -be during her IEP meeting?
barry jennings answers:
1. Go over the current IEP and highlight any areas you feel need to be changed.
2. Go over your parent’s rights handout and highlight everything that pertains to the process for getting the changes. This can be a lengthy process, since new assesments may need to be done, so make it clear you know the fedrally mandated time frame that all of this needs to be completed by. And know that 90 days does not mean 90 school days as many schools will try to convince you. 90 days is just that…90 calendar days from start to finish.
3. Have any information or reports that can back up your requests handy, as well as forms with you that will allow the school to contact your child’s therapists and medical providers to discuss his treatment needs and disabilities as they apply to his educational needs.
4. At least a 2 business days prior to the meeting (more if possible) call the school and inform them you will be brining a recording device into the meeting. The school can not deny you this, but are required to have sufficent notice to inform other participants of the use of the device and to procure a recording device of thier own to use simultaneously.
5. Bring another set of eyes and ears if possible. If this is the next in a series of meetings and things have gotten progressively more adversarial, I would recommend a parent advocate at the very least. If things have gone past adversarial and your child is having severe issues, I would try and bring an educational attorney along. If things are just getting going, then ask along another parent who has experience with IEP meetings or who can be there to help keep you calm if you have a tendency to get worked up or angered easily.
Know that loosing your temper will do little to forward your cause. Most admininstrators are yelled at daily by parents over a variety of things and getting the reputation as the screaming Mom will often do more harm to your working relationship with them than good. You want to stay calm, focused and know your rights. If, at any time, you feel the meeting has reached a stale mate and/or your frustration level is rising to a danger point, ask for a 5 minute break. Other than acknolwleding receipt of a copy of the minutes and to sign in as a participant to the meeting, do not sign anything you don’t understand or agree with. Remind the school politely of the legally mandated time frame, call frequently for updates (being polite, but firm about getting the information) and, if you fail to get the response you want, take it to the next level. Keep copies of EVERYTHING…recorded notes, handwritten notes, any communication from the school should be noted in a log, written notices..everything. It will help if it comes to the point of going to mediation or beyond.
Being an advocate for your child is a tough job. You know what is best for your child. You know what your child is legally entitled to. And, like most parents, you know the school district is facing a tough financial year and they will do their best to do what they feel is right for the child and for the bottom line. Our instinct is to get screaming mad and just let go on the nearest person. Remember tho, that unless you are dealing with the head of the district, you are not dealing with the ultimate decision maker but one of the middle managers. Get angry..that’s good. But when you do, channel it into positive actions and communication. Angry yet calm is scarey…angry yet scarey is counter-productive.
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