The boy. cannot. sit. down.
He attended a special K-I program when he was in kindergarten, and his teacher said he was like a fart in a frying pan. I knew what she meant, and I wasn’t offended. He gets an idea and *POOF* he’s gone to go do what ever it is that he just thought of. He’s also been known as The Disappearing Boy, because he can be GONE just that fast. And then reappear, and disappear again. When he was 2-3 and nonverbal that was scary, let me tell you.
Now he is 10. I know that he has a developmental delay. I know that he has an incompetent sensory system. I know he is often compensating for what he is feeling he lacks or what he is feeling overwhelmed by. It still drives me crazy sometimes.
He has been really struggling. He can’t stay seated for more than a minute or two without thinking of something he needs to do or get. He does not have ADHD. He does not have autism or another spectrum disorder. Yes, he’s been tested. Extensively. He just has “a little brain damage”. (Okay that sounds weird, but it is true.) The effects from Fetal Valproate exposure will linger with him forever, although he has made tremendous growth and come farther than people thought he would.
Lately D1 has really been struggling with attention during math. It can take him 20 minutes to do one multiplication problem. We have been trying our regular strategies:
Guiding him through the steps of the problems
Having him stand if he is running slow (eyes blinking, looking like he’s going to crash face first into his book)
Using a timer (not effective right now)
Breaking assignments into smaller pieces
Teaching to Meet His Senses- Working in sensory stimulation/destimulation as needed
I’m at a loss. It is only happening when he is doing his math. But how to overcome this? Today we are on DAY THREE of the same math assignment. It is just review, to prep him for a chapter test. He knows how to do it. There is no logical explanation but that something ELSE is affecting his ability to stay on task.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that I am doing some re-arranging of my priorities, and one is in the area of school. We used to be so good about starting on time and all that, but gradually it has fallen away and our routine has gotten later and later. My goal is to start at 9am and hopefully be done by lunch time. This is how we used to do it. It worked. We have started at 9:30 the past two mornings in a row. It is an improvement over the 10:30 start time we had gravitated to.
For this week, we will work on being consistent in starting school. Other areas will need another post!
Just pray I don’t pull all of my hair out over this math page.