I'd love to say things have turned 180 and I have a respectful, kind teenager, but that would be a lie.
Some days are okay. Just okay. Some days are bad. Pretty bad, but not quite as bad as it was this summer. Although I do wait for it. I feel like it's there, just waiting for the right time.
Starting school helped. He has always been a child of habit and once he learned his schedule and routine he seemed to calm some. Just some.
We did have a few mornings where he cussed me out and was rude to the other kids so I emailed his LDC captain who demoted him from the position he worked so hard for last year.
That didn't help me much. He still doesn't take responsibility for the behavior that led up to that, he's never wrong, you know? But for four weeks all I had to do was remind him I had that email and he'd straighten up. After he called me a few choice names and laid the blame for his LDC demise at my feet. *sigh*
They issued tablets to the entire eighth grade at his school. I know there are articles on the internet about ADHD kids and their addiction to video games. If I were a crafty person I might find that for you, but well, if you want to know about it, google it. You're smart. Anyway, Jacob is very definitely addicted to video games, hence the contract and Jacob's grades were fantastic until that tablet came home. I don't know whose great idea it was to load three games onto it, but yeah, there are three games on it. I have contacted teachers, principals, and tech supervisors and no one can remove them for me. I now have been corresponding with the 504 coordinator and hope to have a meeting with her soon. I guess I'll have to get a 504 to either have the games removed or the tablet removed. He finished the first quarter with an 80 average where he had a 100 average the day before T-Day (Tablet Day).
We went back to our regular therapist. He had a lot to
We go back to the psychiatrist tomorrow for a medication check. Everyone still thinks he needs depression meds except her. I hope to convince her. At this point I will try anything and if nothing else, I do think his Daytrana needs to be upped.
The little kids had teacher conferences last week and both said they were doing very well. For this I am relieved. They are still exposed every day to so much they shouldn't, but at least they are thriving there.
Our ADHD is still here. Like a bad houseguest, it has really stunk, but I continue to hope.