Musings from an Orthodox Jewish work at home mom of twins with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Archive for March, 2013

The Nose That Was Almost Broken

Sunday night, Fred ran wildly into the bathroom yelling “I need to makeeeeeeeeeee”.  This is nothing new.  He tripped on the entrance way to the bathroom, went FLYING, and fell head first onto the toilet.  He ended up with a HUGE goose egg, a bad scratch between his eyes, and a double shiner.  I stayed home with a terrified Wilma, and hubby took him to the ER.  No broken bones.

The boy was a trooper.  his behavior at the ER was great, and by now, a few days later, the goose egg is GONE and the shape of his face is back to normal (he looked SCARY!).  The black and blue marks under both eyes are pretty intense, but he’s on the path to healing.  No missed school.  Even after a late night at the ER, he went to school Monday and made it through the whole day!  Go Fred!

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Wilma school update

Quick IEP amendment this morning!

Yes, they ARE starting a class for a handful of kids with behavior issues at Wilma’s current school.  I met the teacher today and she’s young and spunky and has already met and fallen in love with Wilma.  Most of the kids are in the room for the full day.

But Wilma doesn’t need to be placed there all day every day.  Her newest med combo is working well enough, for now, that she can stay in gen ed and treat the new class as a resource room.

We swtiched her from Vyvanse to Adderall.  Vyvanse was GREAT in the morning but she metabolized it super quickly and by 11:30 she was a mess again.  On adderall, she’s a lot less aggressive and more cooperative ALL DAY!  So she’s now doing abilify and adderall.

So, she’ll be in her old resource room for morning and afternoon routines, her new resource room for math (yay for small group math—- she’s been mostly doing math individually) and lunch (she needs a small group for lunch!)…. but she’ll be with the large regular class for everything else.  Including (at this point) specials: art, music, gym, library— she’ll have an aide with her there, but if this new routine is going to fall apart, specials is where it will happen, so I’m hoping plan B will be to have Wilma visit specials with the new class.

With fingers crossed, we’ll see how the new setup works out for her!   I’m super impressed that the school is able to personalize this for her so well— instead of JUST saying it’s gen ed with an aide OR it’s a special ed class, they’re creating and re-creating (this is not our first change this year!) a schedule based on her needs.

Today’s meeting was quick and optimistic, as opposed to the FBA meetings we’ve had recently which were a lot more involved and pessimistic.  I’m putting high hopes in adderall that Wilma can stay even keeled for the rest of the school year and we don’t need to make more changes!

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