Two new topics have been opened in the forum this week, by parents seeking to gain some insight from other family's experiences. In a post titled "Stealing," a mom writes:
My husband and I adopted our son when he was 14 months old and he is now almost 17 years old. He was diagnosed as a toddler with failure to thrive and significant developmental delays. Once he got into school he was diagnosed with sensory deprivation disorder. There are a LOT of issues that we have dealt with for years including inappropriate behaviors, destructive behaviors and others. ... Now, for about the last 3 months we have been having problems with him stealing. It started with stealing things around the house, mostly from his siblings, but has escalated to stealing from other students at school. We have worked closely with the teachers and administration to stop the behavior and even went as far as having a police officer friend give him a stern talking to at the police station. That worked for about 2 weeks. So frustrated and angry right now.
Another parent, in a message entitled "Divorce/Custody," is less worried about her child's current behavior than the effect that a disruptive custody arrangement might have on it:
My husband and I are involved in a very bitter divorce. ... Both of us have filed for sole physical custody. Has anybody had any experience with custodial cases in regards to children with special needs? Our 7 year-old son has Down Syndrome. He does not handle transition well and I fear that he will be forced to follow a 50/50 residential plan, simply because that's what the court likes to order to look out for both parents' rights. Additionally, our history of co-parenting is undesirable, to say the least...I don't anticipate it getting better after this is over. I feel like our son's world will be torn apart trying to adjust to living in two homes, especially since the rules and expectations between each home will be extremely different.