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Losing TimHow Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia$
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Paul Gionfriddo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168281

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168281.001.0001

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Tim Gets His Start

Tim Gets His Start

(p.15) Two Tim Gets His Start
Losing Tim

Paul Gionfriddo

Columbia University Press

This chapter narrates Tim's inclusion into the family, from his adoption process to his relationship with his siblings. In school, Tim gradually developed behavioral problems, with one teacher describing him as very distractible. He had a difficult time following directions, and often seemed disoriented. Tim's father was skeptical at first, who, after observing one of his classes, noted how Tim was as focused as the other children. The teacher however insisted that Tim was indeed having a hard time coping with classroom activities. The chapter stresses how the existence of behavioral health-screening tools at the time would have been helpful in explaining Tim's behavior. A major problem for parents is the lack of an immediate solution for mental health issues, such as special education services, due to the lack of funds for services needed to treat such conditions.

Keywords:   behavioral problems, behavioral health-screening tools, special education services, mental health issues

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