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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 Comes to Austin

Tim Comes to Austin

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(p.145) Ten Tim Comes to Austin
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Losing Tim
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Paul Gionfriddo

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231168281.003.0010

This chapter details Tim's move to Austin in Texas with the family. Austin was a big city and was more racially and culturally diverse than Connecticut, a fact that appealed immediately to Tim and his siblings. Tim's new school had no special education program, but its staff provided plenty of individualized instruction. Over time, Tim's behavior had gotten worse; he was buying drugs and cooking them in the kitchen, prompting his parents to force him to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings and sign a behavior contract. Tim again displayed mood swings and other symptoms of serious mental illness, all of which led to poor decision making and bad behavior. He was eventually expelled from his school, but was accepted into both the AmeriCorps and charter school programs for one more opportunity to prove to others he could stabilize his behavior.

Keywords:   special education program, individualized instruction, Narcotics Anonymous, behavior contract, mood swings, mental illness, AmeriCorps, charter school

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