Day 3 will happen tomorrow. Ace had a 101 degree fever yesterday after he woke up from his nap, and school rules state that he can't go to school for 24 hours after hitting 100. He cooled down almost immediately and hasn't had a fever since, but I guess he's battling this sinus crud even harder than I am. It sucks. Freakin' weird weather.
I think I'm feeling like some of y'all thought that Ace's anxiety around other kids was all in my head and a few days of school would be the end of that. This is not at all the case. Remember how we saw a developmental psychiatrist over the whole thing? This has been going on for nearly a year. It's not something you can understand unless you've seen him crumple and start hitting himself because my neighbor's 4-year-old daughter walked up and said hi to him. This is not at all normal - his doctor, therapists, and subsequently, his psychiatrist agreed.
I'm sure he enjoys the school because there are at least 4 people at the ready to lavish attention on him whenever possible. When in a roomful of adults, Ace is golden. Most of you have met him, and he's charmed your pants off, right? This is not the case when he's around other children. When another child makes any kind of noise or attempts to interact with Ace in any way, he gets scared and completely breaks down. At school, he's got at least 4 people (2 teachers and 2 volunteers) that will immediately pick him up and comfort him, and he's sat on someone's lap for most of both of the days he's been at school.
It's also a high-energy day, filled with singing and eating and playing. There's always something fun to do, and rarely is someone there telling him he can't do something. This isn't the case at home, so I'm sure he's really enjoyed his two days at school, and that's why he ran into the other classroom and shut the door in my face.
This is not to say that I don't think that being at school and just good ol' time won't help his anxiety. The developmental psychiatrist said he'd need structured, guided play with other kids and that's what he's getting. This is also not to say that possibly those two days haven't already helped his anxiety. I'm just saying that it's not *abracadabra* gone.
There. Had to get that off my chest. Sorry if there was mucus on it.
4 weeks ago