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Raising Special Needs Kids Raising Special Needs Kids
So I was wondering your opinion you guys. Do you think if someone is bipolar that they are special needs? This is their only possible diagnosis. It's not cupped with something else. I run a daycare and one of the mom's that I had released last night said that her son was special needs. I corrected her and said that I didn't think her son was special needs (she said that as a mother of a special needs child I should be more patient with her son) which I was! BUT he was getting so up and down that he was hurting other kids and as a day care owner I cannot allow that to happen. But as a mother of a child that is multiple dx I do not think that him being bipolar means he's special needs. You would not call an adult with bipolar special needs. So why would you consider your child to be too?
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by on May. 22, 2012 at 7:50 AM
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MommyRJ
by on May. 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM
But how is a child Dx with bipolar? Jw.
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darbyakeep45
by Darby on May. 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM

You're in the right group mama, and we're glad you're here!  Thanks for sharing!

Quoting Pukalani79:

They are considering whether to dx my daughter as bipolar.  Her moods changes are incredible and often unpredictable.  She has also hurt people.  It can be absolutely exhausting trying to keep up and keep her calm if possible.  As far as the child you've watched, it sounds like being surrounded by other children was not the best enviornment for him. 

 I looked up the definition of "special needs" and found that this refers to a child who is "physically, developmentally or emotional disabled" I love this group, but I admit that there have been times I've thought - wow, my problems seem so small in comparison, maybe I'm in the wrong group.  I don't have to deal with many of the struggles that so many of you do.  But on the other hand, I have one who lives in pain.  My other DD does not have a physical problem necessarily but her emotional/mental instability has caused her to not be able to handle traditional schooling, as well as to spend a night in the ER because she wanted to die - she's 8.  I hate labelling my children, but they are both special needs, even though their problems are very different.


girl_incognito
by on May. 22, 2012 at 5:11 PM

By a psychiatrist, but it's just a bunch of questions typically. My son was misdiagnosed with this, so I am weary of this diagnosis in children.

Quoting MommyRJ:

But how is a child Dx with bipolar? Jw.


darbyakeep45
by Darby on May. 22, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Good points...I agree!

Quoting sayres:

A physiological disorder is special needs as I understand it. It can be difficult because it us hard to understand and to control but I would consider it as special needs. This child might have other issues as well. But because of his age they have not been dx'd. Also your daycare center might not be the best place for him. Have they looked at school placements that take children with his condition?


darbyakeep45
by Darby on May. 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I agree with these ladies...it is special needs but a different level of it in my opinion...I hope you're able to find some help with this child as he's in your home during the day...how old is the child?

sammygrl77
by on May. 22, 2012 at 9:29 PM
Yes it is special needs. But i do understand where you are coming from. I too have wondered about my two daughters and have forgotten that they are special needs because they have unseen needs. Compared to ds who is very obviously special needs. I have to remind myself that they need special adjustments in life also.
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