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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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Rocketing Through Middle School

Rocketing Through Middle School

(p.93) Six Rocketing Through Middle School
Losing Tim

Paul Gionfriddo

Columbia University Press

This chapter chronicles the family's transfer to Middlefield—a rural community in Connecticut with a less racially and socioeconomically diverse population compared to where they had lived previously. At a scheduled Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting, Tim's new teachers expressed concerns about his academic and organizational skills, prompting the school to update another revised Individualized Education Program (IEP). Tim struggled with the new material while his teachers failed to realize that his problem a result of his mental illness and not a lack of effort. The chapter also looks at Tim's seventh and eighth grade experiences, with his father commenting on how Tim's diagnoses were the primary reasons for his lack of success. These well-documented clinical issues, however, were not sufficient reasons for his failure in the classroom, and therefore did not result into some added mental health services for Tim's IEP.

Keywords:   Planning and Placement Team, Individualized Education Program, mental illness, clinical issues, mental health services

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