Yesterday I went to my son's school and met with the principle, the guidence councilor, his teacher, and his special ed teacher. We all agree that something has changed with my son. We all discussed what was happening at home and school and I think we found a great path to follow to help him! It was such a wonderful meeting!
They feel ( and I agree ) that he has put up a wall as a defence. He knows that he is stuggling and not doing as well as he should be doing in school. He has a hard time with the kids there and is very overwhelmed at school. Which naturally would be frustrating to anyone. Let alone a child who is working soo hard all day just to do what is easy for everyone else. So, in his frustration he acts out. He lashes out at home because he has just had a very long, hard day. Even adults get cranky after a hard day at work right?
So, we are going to talk him through each emotion that he feels. Talk ( outloud) through the emtions we feel and how we are going to get through it. Talk, talk, talk! We need him to see that's it's ok to feel the way he does, and how we make it through our tough moments. We need to give him the time he needs when he is overwhelmed and frustrated to calm down, then try again. We are all working together to get him through this. We are going to try lot's of patience on our part, lots of consistancy, and positive reinforcements. I hope this starts as something!