My SPD (sensory processing disorder) kid, my one who “hates school, it’s just boring” my boy who never used to try anything for fear of failure, who wouldn’t sit still or look you in the eye.
My child who hid behind me, who had meltdowns at the change of a routine…
He’s catching a bus to and from school.
He’s making friends.
He’s sticking up for himself and others when someone says something mean.
He’s trying in class, really trying.
This used to be a huge issue because of the anxiety and fear of failure.
There is no point saying “but you’ve done it before” to an SPD kid, just as there’s no point saying “just get over it” to someone with anxiety.
The fear is very real.
Today, Dex came home with an extra book. I asked him if everyone in his class got it and he said “nuh, only a few people.”
It is an extension sight words booklet. For kids who are enthusiastic to learn more.
It says to focus on 1 or 2 words, or the whole list if you wish.
I figured we’d give it a go.
He read the whole lot. Without even pushing. Without struggling.
I was amazed.
So amazed I needed to write about it because it feels like a victory.
And then the little butt head wouldn’t go to bed.
Because we don’t want everything at once now, do we?