You know when you work out and then your muscles are sore? Like that, but in the stomach
Robot Building part 2

S is for Superstitious, M is for Meow

I'm becoming superstitious.  Every time I write something here that is in the least little bit prohetic (or just optimistic) I jinx myself. Such as, "I think we're getting better!" or "Things have been going well!"  Then all progress stops dramatically.  Just.  Because.  It's gotten so I'm afraid to post anything without throwing a black cat over my shoulder. Or throwing salt at a cat.  Or... something.  I'm not sure how all this superstition business got so violent.

But I'm going to risk the kitty because... Chance has been doing really well in school.  I mean, comparitively.  Compared to last year, and compared to the year before that.  Compared to a kid who doesn't have SPD/sensory issues.  He had some rough patches in the beginning, the first 2-3 weeks of school.  He was having massive tantrums, one's where he was throwing himself down on the pavement kicking and screaming.  Which he doesn't do at home (so, you know, mortifying).  I was hoping the tantrums were all about the new transitions, and were not setting up a pattern for the year (because that would be like repeating 3 all over again).  I know it has to be rough on him.  A lot of activity, a lot of kids, a lot to process.  Luckily, it was about the new transitions.  Now that he's settled in there's been quite a lot of reasonable (for 5) behavior!  I've been really proud of him.  He still wiggles and touches everyone way too much.  He is still easily distracted.  He has a tendency to shout out without raising his hand.  I think that's the one that drives the teacher batty. (Frankly, I'm amazed how ordered she keeps that class of 30 kids.  It is fricking impressive.)  Basically, most of his issues now (knock on wood, chuck a cat) seem to be impulse control ones stemming from sensory overload.  Even the sensory overload seems to be getting better.  (His focus... not so much.)  Most of the teachers/aides who encounter him and don't know about the SPD just assume he's ADHD and treat him accordingly.  And for now, I'm fine with that.

I'm interested to see how academic assessments turn out, though.  At home, I see him reading and doing math beyond the kindergarten curriculum.  I strongly suspect he's not showing some of that interest and skill at school.  At home doing that stuff is fun, at school there are kids to play with.  Why would he read a book or ask about math when there are kids around?

But all in all, two months in things are going pretty OK.  Now without further ado I need to go find a rabbit to give an indian burn.  Or maybe I should try this the other direction:

Things are going wonderfully well with not winning the lottery!

              - wg