This is totally unrelated to ASD but I need some good luck! I am taking an exam today that is the first step in a process that will allow me to be a full-time student w/o working. This is really something we need as a family since I am a single mom with a NT dd who is 7 yrs old (who I'm concerned might have an LD but the school says she's just having trouble with some things) and my ds who was just diagnosed as an Aspie last month. He attends an Autism Therapy Center for school now, he is there all day, every week day. He also sees a psychologist once a week and a psychiatrist for meds (he is on 4 psych meds a day-I am hoping now that he has started ABA he can come off these someday!). Anyways, working full-time and being a single mom of these two kiddos and trying to get a science degree has been hell. I am hoping to get funding for graduate school so that I can just go to school full-time and not work. Today is the day I take my exam-I need o do well for that to happen. Please wish me some luck ladies! Thank you all sooo much for all of your support!
UPDATE: I scored a 300 (without the written score, the highest number of pts I can get from that though is 6 pts). The score I needed to make to at LEAST be eligible for acceptance was a 300. My gpa is ok (3.13). This has been a bad year and a half-I got divorced and became a single mother with no family here and even no ex-husband in this state either. Of course the events leading-up to the divorce were pretty intense as well. I had to find a job/go back to work full-time. I had to complete this last semester of 3 upper-level science classes, while working a new full-time job (that no one could train me how to do since the last lady just quit and no one knew how she did her job) and my son started kindergarten at this time so all hell broke loose. He almost got kicked-out of one after-school program, then actually did get kicked-out of the next one I had him in. The school requested I send him to a day treatment program where he received medications and his dx. I had to battle/deal with the insurance companies. He started his day treatment program the week I had finals. Then, I had to accept his dx, have a crash-course in ASD, find my son an Autism Therapy Center for school (since after his return to public school all they were concerned with was that he was medicated. They had NO interest in offering him services. When I told him I was taking him out of public school they were unhappy. But, when I explained that I wanted to take him off medications, they were ALL about him being somewhere else). Then I had to take this exam (the GRE) and start my last class for my Bachelor's of Science in Geology, minor in Biology-which the last half of calculus and I am braving it online since I have no childcare to try to take it at night. I am doing ok so far. I actually have to get off to take an online exam in that class tonight.
Next, I have to write a letter to the 3 professors that I have begged to write letters of recommendation for me, explaining why I have done so poorly. And I have to update my resume with my current job information to send to them to show what I'm actually up to now (I work in the psychiatry department at a top 20 medical school-stuff happens for a reason! So, I proctor medical board exams and such, help the medical students get set-up for their site rotations in psychiatry, set-up lectures, etc. I also get to attend their lectures!).
I also have to pray that my scores get to the school of my choice on time, that they will consider me good-enough for admittance and hopefully good-enough for funding. I really need to be able to just go to school full-time-this has been a hard semester. Liam is now seeing a psychologist once a week (for the divorce), a psychiatrist every-other-month (for the meds) and is in and ABA school where he receives ABA and will be evaluated for ST and OT within the next few weeks. His issues are getting worked-on. My dd (Jacqui) is behind in her reading and works really hard everyday and can only make "C's." I'm a little worried she might have an LD but the same school I took Liam out-of just tells me she is just having a hard time. I am considering trying to get her tested privately. That is the next battle but by next fall when I hope to start graduate school will hopefully be getting worked-on as well.
Anyways, that's my situation now. Thank you all sooo much for all your good-luck wishes and support! I have no one here so that means a great deal!!! Thank you!!!!