In other news, I will be getting the results of Gabriel's developmental clinic evaluation on June 5th. Not that far away! I really tried to glean some information from the psychologist who called me to make the appointment, but he wasn't falling for it. I did ask how long the appointment would take and he said they usually take about an hour. If there's nothing 'wrong' and he's completely neurotypical then it wouldn't take an hour to tell me that, right? right?! It's not that I want something to be wrong, it's just that I really want help. I don't want his behavior to be a result of my parenting. Not because I don't want the guilt, but because I don't really know how to parent any differently. We need help. We need services. At this point, the best thing would be for him to be diagnosed with something so we could get help.
On a positive note, Friday was the last day of preschool. YAY! I'm looking forward to G attending pre-k next year, but right now he needs the break. I became convinced we just would not be able to potty train while he was in school, and even without PT school was becoming very stressful for him. On Sunday each week he'd finally be his wonderful self. That would last until about Wednesday and then behavior problems would start again. I'm glad we're done with that for a while. Our first few summer days of homeschooling and potty training have been going very well. Right now with schoolwork we are just working on writing. I purchased a complete curriculum workbook designed for a 3yr old preschooler knowing it would be a bit below his level to boost his confidence and so we could just focus on writing. These last two months of 'I don't want to go to school' have really done some damage and while I don't think Gabriel thinks he's stupid, I'm not sure he realizes how smart he is. I presume it's hard when everyone else in the class can write and hold a pencil and you can't. I got a variety of pencil grips off ebay and we've been doing great with the grotto grip. He's only done a few days of work with me and I've already seen a lot of improvement. We only do 12-15minutes a day. I know that's not much, but he's really not interested in school work and I'd rather work every day for a small amount of time than work a lot in the beginning and then he soon refuses to do anything. I've also noticed that his fingers get tired even in that small amount of time. I feel even more convinced that he has hypotonia like we initially thought and it's the reason for his poor fine motor skills.
|Potty Training Sticker Chart!|
That's all for now! We will receive Gabriel's diagnosis or lack thereof in a few days and I'll at least be reporting the results to twitter if not on here.