Friday, September 5, 2008

A Tough Week

Late last week we found out that the one-on-one had not worked out and we began working on alternate plans. I was very upset with the agency that was contracted with Lynchburg City to provide services for David. They called on Friday and told us they had no idea who to get so we may need to look for another agency. Even though I feel this might be a good idea since overall they have not provided consistent service it does frustrate me about all the time I have dealt with them over the summer.

It is now a week later and after a lot of calls, e-mails and meetings it looks like a new one-on-one will begin on the 15th. Only this help comes too late since David received a three day suspension yesterday. Everyone agrees that David needs this support right now, but when the adults around him fail it is David that gets the short end of the stick.

The new one-on-one will be through another agency, which means hours upon hours of paperwork that I already completed with the old agency will need to be re-done. It also means many meetings to try to communicate what works and what doesn't work with David.

The old agency called today to see how it's going. Needless to say I wasn't interested in spending any time going over what's been going on since they just dumped him. I am planning to write to the board that funds this to let them know they need to dump the agency like they dumped us. If they can't provide service for a child they already have a contract with they do not need to be given any more contracts for new children.

Today has been very difficult since even though we know David needs a one-on-one we still hold him responsible for his behavior. So David is not allowed to play while he is suspended. We have him reading books and having to give us a synopsis of them. While Rich and I love to read, David has never enjoyed it. I am hoping that by reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer he will begin to see how wonderful books are.

So this has not been a very pleasant week in our home as we deal with adults and a child that are not doing their jobs.

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