Thursday, April 22, 2010

Field trip and bedtime

Do you ever have an evening where you kids drive you to distraction? All of them?

I was so happy to see bedtime last night. Apparently they were too since they were all asleep within 10 minutes. :) I guess the exhaustion from the field trips carried over a day.

They all had a great time at the zoo and although Tim and Danielle's classes were only together part of the day, both of them managed to see Emily's class too! Apparently Emily then didn't want to go back with her class--she wanted to go with Tim and Danielle. Emily's teacher reminded her that she needed to stay with the "purple shirts" (Tim's class had red shirts and Danielle's class had blue shirts) and everything was fine then. :) :)

Can someone clarify something for me? Can a child have a learning or "thinking" disorder where they can't do something for hours and then when faced with missing out on something fun can "all of a sudden" do it? Or would that simply be a control issue? ;)

I'm guessing the latter... LOL

8 comments:

Tina said...

Yes, I have fallen prey to thinking disorders before...and sometimes still do. :) Definitely a thinking disorder.

Marshas said...

Courtney, my nephew has been like that all his life - he's 14 now - and he was recently diagnosed with "Asperger syndrome". Not sure what it means, but my brother is now working with him on behavioral modifications. Not sure what I think about htat, just putting it out there. ;)

Anonymous said...

I think some kids need more of a break before tackling homework. They really put it all out there at school all day and decompressing from school probably fits into the sensory needs of whichever one it is. You might give him an option to pick a time for his homework and experiment. Or, you can give him a reward of picking his homework time for something else he's done good. Gettting all their homework done at one time may be best in your scheduled mind, but he has developmental and sensory needs that need a break. So, yes, a thinking disorder! :)

S.

Courtney said...

S--We've tried allowing Alex to choose when he does his homework (which is always after he plays first) and it leads to HUGE meltdowns. We've also tried breaking it up (do a paper, go play for some amount of time, do another paper, etc.) and when he KNOWS he gets to go play after doing ONE paper he won't do any work. Doing his homework right away works best, and it's actually when he knows he's almost done that he stops working. Maybe I should stop telling him when he's almost done! ;)

Anonymous said...

I had that disorder throughout all of my schooling. Procrastinate until the very last second, then stay up all night to finish it. :)

Kim

Courtney said...

Marshas--I looked into the Asperger's symptoms and I'm pretty sure he doesn't have Aspergers. Alex is very social, plays well with his friends and siblings, etc. But thanks for the suggestion--I try to check into everything people suggest so we can find the best possible ways to help our kids!

Jean said...

Yes, I can remember days when I couldn't wait until my girls were in bed and I had a moment to myself-then they were grown and gone and I missed those crazy days with my girls!

Love you! Mom

Stephanie said...

My 6 yr old foster son does that. I think he lacks motivation... doesnt see the point in doing something that he doesnt want to do ( seeing no one ever made him do anything before) until he is faced with not getting something. Especially if he will be the only one not getting something. It kills him to be left out. He does have a processing issues so he does need extra time on things sometimes, its a fine line we walk...