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[IP] Teens, rewards, and the schools
It looks like the school is now willing to do whatever is
necessary to help
Cory be safe at school. That is what they say but I'll have to
see it to
When my son was diagnosed, and again when he went on the pump, we were so focused on helping him accept and establish a routine for his care,we let the "little" things be swept aside. After we have accomplished a routine, we find we have to go back and turn bad habits into good ones, often using the reward system to establish the good habit into routine. We have battled hand washing, writing down his numbers, you name it... we work on it. We are strict on the reward system, but we do not want to punish. We feel that he has enough "on his plate" to deal with, and as long as he is accepting his diabetes and working to take care of it, it is our job to assist or pick up the pieces here and there, until he has gotten a good handle on it. We are so proud of him and tell him often. He has accepted his diabetes from the first fingerstick and insulin shot, he has done everything himself. (Oh, and if you are wondering, the reward of choice right now, is a $3 pack of Dragonball !
Z collector cards every 2 weeks)
We have battled the schools and the constant need to "teach" the teachers. I do NOT look forward to a change in semesters, or a new school year. This year has been the worst. The new pump (8/8/01), starting junior high,and his sister and her family moving across country was too much for him. We had to pull him out of school for a week of home schooling, this gave him one on one help, time to talk things out, and time to smooth the frayed nerves. Since he has gone back to school things are much better. After his last endo visit, we met with his psychologist and he urged us to have the school fill out a 504 plan which would follow him year to year. Updating it each year, and then each teacher gets a copy to read, and hopefully, this will help to educate the teacher as to what to expect and watch for.
Please feel free to email me if you wish to talk!
Judy, mom to Jake
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