Posted by Phil on September 09, 2003 at 09:10:54:
In Reply to: To Debbie (or anyone else who is interested) posted by Phil on September 08, 2003 at 11:54:41:
Thanks for these great suggestions.
Elizabeth, it's nice to know I have a comrade-at-arms -- one who's going through similar stuff.
Debbie, after having read your description of the book, I almost feel as though I don't need to buy it! I do plan to, though. Truly, your post was great - do YOU do any writing? If not, please consider taking it up and looking into getting your work published. I'll bet, given the hand you've been dealt, you could write some powerful stuff that would be helpful not only to parents with special needs children, but also fascinating to those of us who don't have children with special needs. I can see your "byline" in a parenting magazine somewhere.
And for Rowena, your suggestions really got me thinking. Prior to your post, I didn't even consider the new stresses he's under. This explains a lot, actually. Not only have we had behavior issues, but he's been really hyper too. It's as if he's blowing off steam. He's going to a new school with new kids, new teachers, AND it's all-day. That's got to be scary for a little kid. He's gregarious and makes friends very easily, but you're right - this whole change of venue has got to be tough.
I really like that star chart idea. I think not only will it reward him for good behavior, but could also be used to teach him about saving up for stuff. For example, he can cash in 5 stars for a candy treat, or cash in 30 for a larger treat such as a toy of some sort. I'd like to teach him how to save money (something I was never taught) and I think this is a good way to start.
So again, thank you all very much.