Saturday, September 27, 2008

Relaxing day at home

video

Today is a nice day at home. We all lounged in our jammies until about 11am, when Ro and I had to get ready to go to a birthday party at a local park. While he partied, I graded 4 sets of papers. It took me 1.75 hours, not bad. I already had done 2 sets on Friday afternoon. Anyway, got back home and we all lounged some more in the living room, football on. Decided to take a quick video of Charlie's attempts to crawl, when Roman decided to get in on the action too. Since my posts have been all doom & gloom lately, thought it'd be fun to share.

We've been doing a lot of research and talking to lots of people about Roman's potential issue. I'll answer the FAQ here:

Yes, we trust the teacher. No, she's not just trying to hyper-control him. Yes, we've seen these issues ourselves (I've verbalized and blogged about it 2-3x before this). Of course we will talk to an outside source & not just take the school's word. Of course we're going to check out all options of treatment. Yes, we understand kindergarten is more rigorous and he's a 5-year-old boy. Please also understand I have taught many, many students with ADD & ADHD and I know it when I see it. As Doug said, "the pieces are easily explained away. But when you put the all the pieces together..."

We also spoke with my cousin & some good friends, both of whom have elementary-age children on medicine for ADHD. They gave us some good advice and thoughtfully shared their details & decision-making with us, which we greatly appreciate. This could all be nothing, but we owe it to Roman to exhaust all options of diagnosis AND treatment if necessary. We also found a copy of a common assessment used by teachers (and which I have filled out many times for my own students), and in our casual checking of it, Roman scored high in 8/9 behavior indicators for hyperactivity/impulsivity (questions 10-18). A general diagnosis is made with 6/9 high scores.

So anyway... life continues. Charlie is growing and eating, eating and growing, and trying to crawl. He ends up going backward, though. Doug and I are going out this evening with friends from church, and leaving both boys at home with the sitter. Ahhhh.

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