My daughter and I spent 2 1/2 hours at a community mental health center and they will be assigning her a case manager. For those not familiar with case managers...I often call them the under appreciated part of the therapeutic process. Here is the description
Definition of Case Management
Case management is a collaborative process that assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the options and services required to meet the client's health and human service needs. It is characterized by advocacy, communication, and resource management and promotes quality and cost-effective interventions and outcomes.
When I returned home there was a message that the principal had called to discuss my e-mail (Yesterday's blog entry if you want to read it)
Couldn't have gone better. He completely validated my concerns. He explained that we had missed a phone call in January but yet he maintained that it should have been followed up on till we were reached (I don't remember a voice mail...but I don't remember January either LOL) We discussed including Jordan and myself in the 504 plan. This sort of plan stays with the kid all the way through college. It's not special education..its just a few "ways to help" her deal with stress. It's individualized as well. For example we will ask that she be allowed to give presentations directly to the teachers rather than the whole class due to her social anxiety, things like that.
I was amazed by how much she opened up in the intake today. She really blossomed when talking to the lady. I realized that in small situations she is an outstanding communicator...I was proud...and a little sad...she's so grown up...I just hope that she can come back to age 13 or 14 to enjoy what life has to offer, even at that age.
I'm exhausted. Physically and Mentally.
Next blog post though should be interesting. I am going to talk about the ways I am using mindfulness in battling addiction. I think (hope) that it really opens some eyes or gives some perspective.
On a personal note...for the first time in a loooong time I had my confidence back. My ability to communicate what needed to be said but in a way where I felt good and not guilty.
As my daughter continues to grow into her own person...she is so beautiful and I know one day I am going to have to say this to her....