My three children have (IEP) Individualized Educational Plan. This is a plan or schoolprogram developed to ensure that a child with an identified disability receives specialized instruction and related services.
My oldest daughter received an IEP once she turned three. Early intervention in speech therapy and occupational therapy enabled us to assist our oldest in all things learning. She received special services until she graduated middle school. My twins also attended the preschool disability program. They tested out of special services in first grade but started having some learning difficulties in middle school. The school reestablished their personal educational needs. This entire process of initial testing, follow-up testing/evaluation, IEP meetings hopefully will bring the success in the children learning. The support any child receives at home is necessary and crucial for their future success.
Our oldest daughter's ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A person with ADHD has differences in brain development and brain activity that affect attention, the ability to sit still, and self-control. She manages well on her prescribed medications and her exercise regiment. I was watching the 2008 Olympics and a personal revelation occurred. There was a lot of exposure on Michael Phelps blossoming men's swimming career. In an interview with his mother. she spoke of her son's ADHD and how swim created a space where he could exert a lot of mental and physical energy to focus. Cece recently joined the local lake club. She had many eye infections but she swam, swam and began to come into her own. Many universities have club programs to train kids at a young age. She was placed on the club university team and she thrived with the competitiveness, goals and receptiveness. She swam and was recruited into a DII woman university swim team in Florida. Lupies, throughout all this you still have to think about your own well being. It is a struggle, especially because of the inevitable stress. This is a moment. Breathe.