August 18, 2004

Mentally ill and developmentally disabled children can learn and succeed!

Dalton has been in school for a week, as of today. he is doing wonderfully well!

For over a month before school started, and even more intensly during the week before school began, Dalton would insistently tell me: "I'm not going! You can't make me!" The day before he was to begin, I bought him a box of tissues which had Micky Mouse and friends on it it sparkly glitter and colors. He told me: "When this is empty, I'm going to bring it home and keep it! You know I like shiny things!"

He went to school just fine.

The evening before school began, I spoke with Dalton's bus driver. It is included in his IEP(Individualized Education Program) that he is to be seated in the front, passenger side, seat on the bus. This is to, hopefully, allow the drive to keep an eye on Dalton, and to minimize the temptation for him to act out due to other children being in his line of vision. This year, his driver asked me if I would mind having Dalton sit elsewhere. They have another student who is having more difficulty than Dalton had done last year. This child is also a child with whom Dalton has had difficulty, in the past. He would like to have that child in Dalton's seat.

Transitions are difficult for Children with mental illness, and for those with FAS. Chances to their world throw them off and make them feel unbalanced. This results in fearful responses, often appearing as acting out behavior. Needless to say, Dalton was not enthralled with the idea. "He's not sitting in my seat! If he does, I'll punch him!" I managed to talk with him multiple times in hope of preparing him for the transition, givngin him time ti get used to the idea... Finally, the morning the bus came, I promised a trip to the Dollar Tree if he did not have incident! It worked. Dalton has been sitting in seat number 9 all week without difficulty, and is taking pride in his achievement!

Thus far, he has not had a single large incident at school. he is coming home with over 50 behavioral points a day, from his alternative school, and is actively proud of his own behavior! Monday this weed was the firs day of actual homework, and he has completed his work both days well, without difficulty. Even a year ago, homework was a major issue, and prior to that, it was a nightmare which I simply did not even try to get through with him.

There is hope for all children.
All children can and do learn with the proper interventions.
Children with challenges such as mine have, can succeed.
Dalton is learning to read, and I am certain he will come a long way this year.

Do not give up!
Do not give in!
There is always a light,
Which we can win,
If we will try...

God is good!

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Posted by TwoSons at August 18, 2004 03:11 PM | TrackBack


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