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June 22nd, 2011, 03:31 AM
acupofjoe's Avatar Proud mama of three!
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im not sure how i missed this board before but i can see this being a real life saver for me since no one understands what i am going through with my almost four year old daughter on a daily basis...multiple times a day! anyways my name is vannessa i am 22 and have two children and have been with their dad for six years. our high needs child is Raleigh who will be four on the 25th, we also have tristan who is 19 months and our third and final due on january 9th. ever since birth our dd has been a "spirited" child, she has always had sleep issues. she would sleep for twenty minutes at a time (if we were lucky) and then be up for four to five hours..i took her in to her pedi at six months and asked him about this to which i was told it was normal. as a first time mom i just went with it and thought hmm ok odd but i guess he is right..she might still be in that "newbornish" stage with the sleep. well fast forward and it just got worse from there. Raleigh never was a napper, not even in the car. i can count on one hand how many naps this child has taken in her entire life and i am not even joking the slightest bit. Her behavior is also really bad and we think part of it has to do with her lack of sleep, obviously. she has seen four different doctors and pediatricians and is now seeing a counselor for the last six months, it is not helping though. she was referred to the counselor from her preschool teacher for her behavior in class..last march she was kicked out "withdrawn" to put it nicely from her preschool by her teacher because nothing was working for her behavior. i have tried everything from the books, online, suggestions from other people and going with my gut instinct with her and absolutely nothing works. times outs, take things away, talking to her at her level, even a spank has not worked. ive tried changing her diet and making sure she has plenty of one on one time, strict routines, letting her CIO..everything and still nada. so her counselor is working with us and we will be having a sleep study done and they are in the process of diagnosing her. i dont have much support from family, they are all basically in denial that anything is wrong with her. we rarely see anyone other then the four of us at home so they honestly dont know how she is other then what i say but they dont believe us for some reason. my mother turns everything back on us and says she is a normal three year old and acts like a normal toddler but we know that is not true..a normal three year old does not get kicked out of preschool for such bad violence and is all but forced to speak to a counselor. we are not violent people at all, we do not watch or allow violent movies etc in our home so she is not around violence. people tell me kids act out from what they see and learn but if thats the case then our dd should be the most loving child out there. she is very much loved, hugged, kissed, praised and played with on a daily basis. anyways sorry for the long book but i hope i can fit in around here and talk to other mommies that are going through the same thing as we are.

thank you

also our son is perfectly normal, he is a GREAT sleeper and does not act anything like dd always has so i am 1000% confident that something is wrong with dd. her counselor has said she thinks it is a mental issue.
Nessa proud married working mother of three kids in Washington state. Trying to raise our family of five as LDS. Taking life one day at a time.
Jordan - 6 yr; Stan - 4 yr; & Tyler - 2 yr.

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June 22nd, 2011, 06:12 AM
SarahBethsMommy's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Has she been evaluated for sensory issues? That is a very interesting case. Poor mommy and little Raleigh!

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June 22nd, 2011, 06:39 AM
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Welcome to the SN Board!! I'd say there are some extreme sensory issues, but I wonder what else..... There has to be a Dr somewhere who can help find the answer. Have you seen a dev ped or genetics Dr?

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June 22nd, 2011, 07:27 PM
Ever's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Well she certainly is beautiful I have to say! I hope someone can figure out what's going on soon, I can only imagine how difficult it must be. What sort of violence is she doing? Is it like really extreme tantrums?
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June 23rd, 2011, 07:37 AM
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Welcome!! Kaiden never napped much, so I can relate on that part! Then when his molars/eyeteeth were coming in he barely slept at all

The only thing I can think of to try would be melatonin, but you've probably tried that already Maybe Bach's Rescue Remedy?
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