Smiley's school report is almost the same every day - at least since Christmas, when I made some changes:
She was on great form today, she did some 1:1 object exploration work, went to the darkroom and participated very well in sensory sport in the afternoon.
But despite everything I've tried, aspie boy still comes home with some really bad reports. Like today's, which read a bit like this:
He had a bad morning, refusing to do any work due to 'exhaustion'. After an hour's rest he was given his school work for the day so that he would not have to do it for homework. He got very angry at the mention of homework and started shouting and throwing things at staff, and was also aggressive at break time.
The exhaustion was apparently due to Sunday activities (of which more in a minute), which means he's blaming me. The anger was due to the threat of extra homework, ie his teacher's fault *sigh*.
Sunday started off madly, with a meltdown at midnight. It was all about fears and obsessions. I've tried to be understanding, but sometimes they are very hard to believe. Especially when they are not consistent. He says it's complicated. But I don't understand how he can run upstairs one minute to ask his sister to order pizza and then have a meltdown when I refuse to accompany him to the bathroom. Which is what I did. And as his meltdown got worse, I just shut down. So everyone woke up in the house and probably several ones nearby too. It got sorted of course eventually. And he was actually penitent the next morning, so penitent that he agreed to stick to the plan to go on an outing to a playcentre organised by a local autism group. He thought he'd get bored, but I didn't see him for two hours!
A successful day? Well so it seemed.
Today's behaviour just came out of nowhere. At least to me. What tripped his switch this time? Could he really be exhausted 24 hours later after a bit of running around? I am too close to see what went wrong, can you?
****You'll note that I'm writing about my son. Again. You see he'll be starting secondary school in 6 months time, and I don't think that this kind of behaviour will be tolerated then. I have to find a better way of parenting. So all insights are welcome. And even though I have no spare time, I have signed up for RDI. I've tried everything else....****