Special needs children part II
I don't have much of an update, but I thought I'd start a new thread since the old one maxed out. Thank you, artteacher, for your sweet words about Alex's picture! It's my favorite. She told me that the "scarf" around Woman's neck started out as her legs, *snicker*. She realized that wasn't quite right and I think her art teacher helped her figure out a way to get around that.
I am supposed to be receiving the report this week. It didn't come today so hopefully tomorrow (Fri). I spoke with my friend on the phone and he says they feel Alex has Asperger's but that hyperlexia is a component.
Alex has been doing better as far as not having big meltdowns, but I've noticed a new trend. Whenever she is particularly upset or anxious, she feels it physically as an illness/pain. "I have a bad headache," "My stomach doesn't feel well," "My ear hurts," "I itch all over!" and things like that. Yesterday, on our way home in the car after school, she suddenly began half-screaming, half-crying that she itched all over. When we got home I put her in the tub and she calmed down, but she did have a rash on her stomach, back, arms and neck. Maybe it was the grass at school, maybe a reaction to something else, but could it be a physical manifestation of an emotional ordeal? Is that possible? It quickly faded after that.
She is still very angry at times, mostly before and after school. She lashes out at the family and uses all of the "bad" words she knows--at this point: Stupid, Butt-head, Idiot, Jerk, and her latest acquisition thanks to me, Anus (she had asked me how I liked the name Ayna for her new stuffed animal and I told her I thought it sounded a little too close to anus, the meaning of which I then explained). Didn't take too long for Anus to make it into her repertoire :) I dread the day when she is clued in on the Big Dog words. I guess one advantage to naivete is that I'm sure she has heard those words but they simply haven't registered with her.