Saturday, July 24, 2010

Reality points out Regression

As most parents know that have a unstructured summer break, their kids have a slight regression where they forget some things or start acting out do to lack of schedule.

Up until today, this is what I thought was going on with Benji.

He has wet the bed probably about 5 times in the last month, and while that may not be OMG bad, for him it is very unusual. Once he potty trained he never had an accident until now. To have 5 in the last month...

If night time pottying issues were the only issue I still wouldn't be really concerned.

We have noticed immature behaviors surfacing. Things like constantly sucking his thumb and twirling his hair. Throwing himself on the floor. Very much sensory seeking type behaviors. Also baby talk has come back.

With all of these behaviors I didn't really think it was that bad, until we went to the bowling alley today. Benji's sensory stuff really kicked in. Loud music, stimulating atmosphere, the process of bowling... midway through the first game he was wanting deep pressure hugs and his silky. We played two games and wasn't sure he would make it through the second one. He would put his head on the vent that bowlers use for their hands and let it blow his hair. He kept throwing himself on teh floor and rolling around. It wasn't the things he was doing that stood out though, it was the way he was doing them.

This all just brings back my concerns over the school change and his lack of Occupational Therapy. Just praying on that one. I already know the focus is going to be about the heart condition, but he has tone and sensory issues that have to be addressed for him to succeed in school.

How can a child learn if the classroom is distracting? How can a child learn if the noise hurts?

One day at a time and relying on God. That is the only way we can get through this.

There was one moment when we were getting ready to leave this morning that he just stared off. It took me shouting his name to acknowledge us. This isn't the first time, but shoot... I day dream and it looks like I am just staring off. *sigh*

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