Re: moral support
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Thank you to everyone who replied to my post. It's so helpful to hear from others who have gone through similar trials. My daughter is still having a hard time. When we arrived today to visit, she again begged us to take her home, saying she didn't belong there. In some ways, I could see what she meant (at least, how she perceived it from her vantage point) -- she is not suicidal and many of the children currently there have expressed a desire to harm themselves (this is based on what I observed and what my daughter shared from group). She's pretty sensitive and sheltered as well (through no doing of ours, but because she has isolated herself so much) and there are currently many children who are loud and somewhat aggressive. Her room was across from the seclusion room, which I think was pretty tough for her. We moved her down the hall while we were there. She's among the oldest (12). She's with kids who are 5-12.
I feel like she needs a place that's more nurturing and hands on. At NYP, it felt like the nurses were occupied with keeping the kids contained. I know NYP is an acute care setting, and my daughter is in need of acute care, but looking ahead, I'm wondering what we should consider. We recently visited a therapeutic boarding school that we liked quite a bit -- I'm of course concerned about sending her away again, although I do think it's what she needs, therapeutically. We may have to wait to get the DOE to approve sending her there. Does anyone know of a PHP or IOP that we might consider in the meantime? (We visited Bellevue's PHP, and I'm not in love with it, but it might be our only option.)
Again, thank you for all of your support during this incredibly difficult time. I would be lost without this group!
On Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 4:28 PM Deborah Levine via Groups.Io <email@example.com> wrote: