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Monday, February 2, 2009

Celebrations and Transitions

Last week Jared received his recognition award at the school's monthly assembly. He's worked so hard this past month and is doing things in school that he was not doing in the fall. It's been a relief to see him playing outside, playing organized floor hockey, and performing musical numbers in front of his class, having fewer outbursts, getting his work done, challenging himself - all of which demonstrate a 180 degree turn from what it was.
He still has work to do, but he is trying. It's not easy. We participated in some more testing with mental health and we see a hotshot doctor at the end of the week. I don't know what and if they will find. We can all agree that Jared is not a classic textbook case of anything. His personality is unique. His anxiety is unique. He has the emotional capacity of a 4 or 5 year old - which makes for interesting conversations when Jackson (6) tells Jared that his behavior is a little immature for his age. Grown ups really are drawn to him and that makes them want to help him as much as they can. He is really likable....if you are old enough to vote.
My gut still says we are missing a component of the Jared puzzle, but I don't know what it is. Maybe I am wrong, but at least this is an opportunity to get some cards off the table if possible.
In other news, I am back to work today. I have not looked forward to this, but here it is. It's going to be a big change for our family since I will not longer be able to save the day at a moment's notice. On the other hand, perhaps that is not a bad thing. It will be a week or two of transition and figuring out how to do some things a little differently. Update on that later.

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