Darby and Max

Darby's method of dealing with the health, educational and behavioral
challenges her family faced with her son, Max, was mentally to "put those
into buckets, and then deal with each overflowing bucket."

"Max had missed a lot of school due to illness, he was behind
academically, he kept getting sick, and he started having extreme
behaviors. I felt totally overwhelmed," explained Darby. Not knowing what
else to do, Darby reached out to a friend in health care who referred her
to Raising Special Kids. "I followed up the very next day, and it has
really helped me."

The first challenge she tackled was education. "I knew he was behind, and
I didn't want to wait until he failed before we got help." Darby was
frustrated by the school's response to her concerns, but with help, she
was able to get the testing and evaluation she wanted. "Raising Special
Kids staff member really listened to me. She coached me in how the process
works and gave me pointers that prepared me so much better for the IEP
meetings. She decoded terms and reviewed the IEP document with me so I
could ask intelligent questions during the meetings."

Darby noted when the evaluation results came in, "a bunch of problems
popped up that we did not even know were there." With the new data, the
IEP team was able to start addressing issues at school more effectively,
and Darby had more concrete information to bring to her son's medical
providers.

"The help really empowered me and helped me to become so much more
effective. I really feel like she cared about me and my son, and now I
feel like I know what is going on."

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