Advice on at least getting an IEP for a sweet kid with OCD
June 4, 2013 10:04 PM Subscribe
A young junior high aged relative (a cousin’s daughter) has severe OCD with compulsions related to checking and handwriting plus obsessions related to harm/avoiding harm. Immature coping skills/tendencies in many of the adults around her mean that her home life is chaotic at best. She does not have an IEP or adequate mental health services. At the strong recommendation of a regular pediatrician, my cousin did go to the school and attempt to request help/changes. This was a huge step for my cousin given that she also has severe OCD, is very avoidant, and has a lot of shame. She was largely dismissed by a teacher and a principal who said that there was “nothing wrong” that wasn’t due to “home life” and that the child just “needs to work faster”.
posted by shylady to health & fitness (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
There is a potentially complicating factor: the child was formally diagnosed with severe OCD several years ago and prescribed Zoloft by the only child psychiatrist in the area…but was later (allegedly) “dropped” from treatment after my cousin had difficulty filling the child’s Zoloft prescription so decided to scrimp on her own dose of the same drug to give a weight-appropriate dose to her daughter for several days. ( The same child psychiatrist also dismissed the child’s suicidal thoughts). I believe the mother is afraid to approach him again to get any reports, etc. The mother has other reasons to be wary of mental health professionals including one who (allegedly) shamed and "yelled" at her and told her she "needed to wear a bra". The family lives in Ohio. Thanks in advance for any advice.