Welcome to day three of being med-free. In a word?...HYPER! I guess I never noticed that the Risperdal mellowed Jaysen out so much, but he is absolutely back to the high-energy antics he was pulling months ago!
He is now back to dumping the toys out of his toy bin, bringing the bin into the bathroom and putting it in the tub, because he insists on having a "boat".
He is reenacting scenes from videos, including the one from "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"...yeah...the one where Alexander's sweater gets wet in the sink? I walked into a bathroom with the sink full of water, 6 soppy shirts heaped on the floor, and Jaysen in action- running by the sink, throwing another in the water and groaning "ugh". Only to laugh and run to his room to get another.
He doesn't sleep. Wants to watch a movie, wants to "make art", wants to line up his videos, wants to check the mail, wants to do anything but get in bed. Last night, I had to make a sailboat out of paper before he would consider brushing his teeth.
As far as the aggression, I can tell that his frustration level is a bit higher- he's getting more easily frustrated, but he has so far been able to handle things better. The frustration is fairly short-lived.
I have decided that I'm going to see how things so before I start him on the Seroquel. If we are able to handle the frustration together, I would feel much better not medicating my son. If his anxieties start to skyrocket and the aggression returns, I may have to change my tune- but for the time being, that is the plan.
He has been getting good reports in school- there was an incident yesterday, where his new parapro sat in on the class to observe him. He started to cry. He cried until his teacher realized he was upset because of the parapro's presence, and she asked her to leave. Awesome. I was thrilled that the teacher picked up on that, and asked the para to leave- when she very easily could have seen Jaysen's crying as a disruption, and told the para to leave...and take him with her. But she didn't. Jaysen stayed in class, and was fine once the para left. Yay- score one for the teacher!
Speaking of his teacher...she just scored big points with me for the above mentioned incident. She also must be doing something right, because Jaysen's not only getting good reports, but he is willing to go to school everyday. However...she has this thing about correcting Jaysen's writing.
I understand that when he slants his "g" (like in the Baby VanGogh title), it is incorrect, and yes, that should be called attention to. My gripe is that she's correcting things that aren't wrong! Jaysen makes his fours like this- 4. That's not incorrect! In fact, that's how it's written on the worksheet he was working on! That is a four! But she apparently wants him to make it with the "L and the intersecting line". Same with his eights. He makes an 8 out of two circles. So do I. She wants him to make it with one stroke like a figure eight. What the heck does it matter?!? They're not wrong! Crap- it might give her a heart attack to know I cross my sevens!
I brought it to her attention once, that Jaysen learned to write very early (at 2 and a half), due to the Hyperlexia, and that is how he has always made those numbers. She never gave a response, so I assumed she understood that is his preference to make the numbers that way. Nope. He's still getting work sent home with the same corrections. Is this something worth calling a meeting? I don't want her to think I'm picking on her, or think that I think she's doing a bad job...but I also think it's important to concentrate on things that need to be corrected, and not things like personal preference, in order to make the school year as successful as possible for Jaysen.
I would kindly remind your son's teacher that he is hyperlexic. That means that no one needs to teach him how to read or write. He's already figured out that part. He needs to use his time and energy learning things he does not know how to do. That's been my whole problem with my son's kindergarten class this year. He just turned six last month, and he's been reading and writing since he was 2. He didn't need to spend an entire year learning things he's been doing for four years. He needed to work on reading and listening comprehension, vocabularly development, social language and conversational skills. Unfortunately, having been a teacher myself, I know that it's virtually impossible to tailor a curriculum to a child's need without outside help. Your son's teacher is most likely focusing on the insignificant minutiae of how your son writes his fours (my son interchanges the ways he writes numbers and letters and has a budding career as a forgerer) because she doesn't know what else to do. She is following the prescribed curriculum and holding your son to the same standards as she holds the other children who are still learning how to write. I would just tell her that your son has very different needs than an average child, and as long as his writing is legible, she should not make it a focus of concern. I hope your son has a more sensible teacher next year. My own son will be homeschooled in the future.