Medication merry-go-round and issues with her school

Here we go, here we go, here we go again On the merry go round of meds. Yesterday, Keri had her psychiatry appointment. We had discussed Keri’s behavior and if the current meds of abilify and depakote were working for her. Her behavior has really not improved. So it was decided to take her off of the depakote and put her on lithium. So now the next three days will be used to wean her off the depakote and introduce the lithium. After the three days are up, the lithium will be a dosage in the morning and before bed. Keri will also still beyond the abilify in the morning and in the PM.

Keri in the past two weeks has acted up in school, has tried kicking me while I have been driving, has slammed her grandfather’s hand in the door of a closet. She also has tried to scratch me and bite me when John has not been here. Keri listens to John better and does not get as aggressive with him.

Also her school is not following her BIP . It was revised at the end of September to include the start and end time of when Keri is sent to in school suspension. There have been four instances of non-compliance by the school regarding her BIP. The school also has not been following IEP. The work that Keri has been doing is subpar to what she did last year. They have not worked on double digit adding or subtraction. They have not worked on money until the start of October. Nor have they worked on time until this week. Her handwriting skills are hard for her, and they were supposed to introduce typing. They got a hold Neo 2 , but the teacher just gave it to the OT. There are no batteries or wires for this unit. The OT is using an alphasmart , but it is not being used in the classroom. There were also other concerns about the classroom and the teacher not being highly structured. I had a meeting on Monday with the school principal, her teacher, and the behavioral specialist. I had felt that the meeting went well, however I was proved wrong on Tuesday. When Keri came home from school, the daily report showed she went to in school suspension and there was no start or end time on the paperwork. So I was quite dismayed over this fact. This is a complete and utter disregard and a slap in the face by her teacher just a day after the meeting. I told her case manager for the sending district, is that this may not be the placement for her. So with that being said, I even had her doctor write a doctor’s notes stating that a behavioral log needed to be completed so the doctor could track her behavior as well. That this log needs to include the times and dates of any behavioral instances. So we shall see how it goes…

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