Friday, September 18, 2009

You'll have days like that

There are good days and there are bad days. Today? Not so good. We started with a kind of prickly pre-adolescent attitude - hard to get out of bed, objecting to school clothes, grabbing the IPod and some agitated echolalia. From there a path was set for a bad day. Friday's are always a little tough - it's the transition to a different routine for msk that's the problem. It's not that he objects to being at home, it's just the worry of a change. Plus this was the first 5 day week of the school year. Corrections at school were meet with way more than the usual level of opposition and lots of repeated instructions. This culminated in our worst daily log this year by far. After that there was long afternoon of trying to get under Dad's skin (which msk is pretty good at). When I came back into the picture it was after an insanely stressed day at work, and I wasn't up for it. So now we're all having some alone/TV/computer time.

When you get down to it though, this is what pre-adolescent boys are about, isn't it? They're prickly, confrontational, too clever along with thinking they're even more clever than that, moody and full of outbursts. I'm sincerely happy that communication home via log sheets is open enough that I know specifics about bad days. There was even a solicitation for suggestions/ideas so that we can have a unified approach when dealing with problem behaviors. It's hard to imagine some districts being willing to listen to successful strategies from home as opposed to dogmatic adherence to the autism therapy theory du jour.

Here's hoping for a good weekend and a fresh start on Monday.

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