Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Back to school

Wow! Barney is like a new boy! Anyone who reads regularly will remember the trouble he had last year at school. At the worst point it was taking me three hours to get him into class. The very worst day ever resulted in a horrific situation where he threw himself at the classroom doors and window - a very upsetting experience for him, myself and the other children in his class, which resulted in his teacher crying at one point.

So as you can imagine I was dreading the new school year. Barney started P3 last week. His class is in a different part of the school, his morning routine has totally changed. Instead of taking him into school late and sitting in the staff room with him until he was ready to go in, I am now taking him directly into the classroom ten minutes before the other children arrive. We put his timer on, sit and read a story and then I leave as the children come in.

I can not believe how well Barney is doing! He hasn't shed a single tear. He hasn't panicked. He has been brave when he felt scared. Basically he is doing far better than I ever imagined possible! I am so proud, and so releived. The school situation last year resulted in him being medicated and was a really worrying time. This new Barney is just doing wonderfully.

I don't know if it is because he is a little older, or because of all the therapy, or the medication. Or even because there is less stress in the house now that his Dad is living elsewhere. But whatever it is (perhaps a combination of all the above) it is working wonders. And I am so, so, happy about it. I hope it lasts. Well done little Barney.... Mummy is once again, so proud.

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