Well. Here we are.
I am an older, adopting, mother who finds that her young children have challenges. One is currently 6 and the other is 4. Mr. D., our six year old, is being home schooled because he doesn’t fit. He doesn’t really fit anywhere right now. Through assessment (and observation) we now know that Mr. D. has FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), ADHD, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a touch of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and a few other things like dyslexia and dyscalculia. Our pediatric psychologist is asking the School district to put the ‘dys’ stuff on the back burner because everything else needs to be addressed first. Oh – I forgot to mention – he’s mega smart! Can you believe that the boy who cannot remember how to read from one day to the next, has a verbal ability that puts him in the top half of the top half of a percent in the world? Unbelievable, right?
So being a clever boots, Mr. D. sees right through some of the most commonly used parenting strategies.
Thus, this blog. I will document his learning from here onwards and I will use it to vent and rant and save my son from the barrage of yelling I feel like doing most days. After all – it is not his fault. Stick with us – it could get interesting!