Welcome to One Small Step for Parents! Our goal is to help you find the right resources, support and information that is needed to make informed choices. Without the proper tools we, as parents and adults, don't know what will help our situation or what works and doesn't work. Here at One Small Step, we have done our best to take the guesswork and confusion out of the equation by supplying tools, resources and online support.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hello and Welcome to Our New Members

I must apologize for being remiss in welcoming our new members! I could cite several reasons and excuses, but to be completely truthful, I left it up to the individual members to contact us! I have since discovered that I, personally, find the Friend Connect feature a tad confusing so have decided to simply by pass this feature and issue a public and very heartfelt welcome via a new post.

Thank you so much for choosing to join our community! Seeing new members always makes my heart glad! It is such a joy to know that our community is not only growing, but attracting and sustaining readership across the globe! Our "mission" (to use the up-to-date vernacular,) is to educate readers about ADHD, ODD and other disabilities related to ADD and ADHD, as well as provide information, resources and support for parents and adults living with these disabilities.

We are not medical professionals, although some of our members and followers might be. We are simply parents and adults who have a unique view of ADHD. We feel our community fills a void, because we have a different perspective. We have a wealth of information and support to share with not only our members, but everyone whose lives have been touched and in many cases, changed by ADHD and its attendant disabilities.

I do hope that everyone who has joined this site since its inception has found our community helpful and informative in some way. Please feel free to use the forums if you have any questions or answers for us, and if you are interested in adding your story, please contact us at harondezyn@hotmail.com and we will be happy to add you to the author's group.

Once again, thank you for joining our community and we hope to hear from you soon!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Look!

For those of you who have been following my stories and hopefully taking advantage of the resources that I have here, you may have noticed the changes to the look of One Small Step...

I have recently changed the outward appearance of the site as well as added a few, new items. One of the new additions has been an actual forum, (instead of simply using the comment form,) so that members can discuss issues and challenges, as well as add their voice in support for people looking for answers. It is set up in such a way that anyone can view the topics, (or start a new one,) and comment.

Another addition is the option to shop onsite. I am a single parent, with a fixed budget that doesn't stretch to afford luxuries such as alternative medications, diet plans or reading materials...all of which are important when searching for answers to our busy and at times, stress filled lives. These additions were made with that fact in mind! I wanted to mix great selections with affordable costs, and so far I feel I have achieved that balance.

If you are searching for products, and don't see the specific one you want, I have also included a search box for your convenience.

That being said, this site isn't just about finding products that help, it's about finding the right resources, support and information that we need to make informed choices. We won't know what works or what can help if we don't have the tools available to use.

Our readership and members list is growing daily, and I hope these changes will offer more avenues of information and support.

School update

It is now day three of the new school year (at least for the school my son attends,) and so far there have been two issues that were addressed and two phone calls. Not bad for only three days!

The first issue that was dealt with (...with no phone call to come and pick up my son,) was an altercation with another student. This is a huge first! Not only did the school deal with it in a prompt manner, they also 'closed' the incident so there will be no other problems. Hallelujah!

The second issue had to do with my son's level of learning. Since grade six, the regular school system simply passed my son regardless of whether he actually learned enough information to warrant the passing grade. I have been fighting this battle with no results until now. The last school my son attended, Betty Gilbert Middle School, as well as his previous school, Ecolé Christine Morrison, both refused to fail my son, opting instead to pass him into the next grade, citing "school policy" as the reason. I don't know what good this policy is doing by simply moving children through the system as it seems to be based on the child being with his "peer group" instead of learning.

However, the first thing Apex did (my son's new school,) was to place him in the grade eight classroom instead of the grade nine class that was recommended on his final report card from last year. Finally, my son will now receive (she says with fingers crossed,) the education that has been sorely lacking for the last three years.

I was also informed by the principal, Ms. Epicch, that the only time my son will ever be sent home from school, aside from being legitimately sick, is if he comes to school under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if he brings a weapon...both of which I am confident he will not do. (Again, with crossed fingers!)

The phone calls that I have received to date, were from the family support worker, (another plus this school has over the regular system,) who informed me that so far my son was actually completing work in the classroom and they were working on his paranoia regarding his allergies and food. The second phone call was this morning informing me that he had missed the bus. (This I already knew and had dropped him off at the office moments before the call.)

So far I am thrilled with the way they are handling and dealing with my son. There just might be a light at the end of the tunnel after all! I will keep you posted...