Sunday, October 11, 2009

Behavioral Therapy and School Behaviors

I think I mentioned that we did a behavioral assessment in early September to see about getting Little E some behavioral therapy. She just continues to not listen, can't follow directions, and she just finds discipline to be funny, and it's hard to figure out what makes her tick to change the behaviors. They are putting her in the PEP program (parents empowering preschoolers) program that is one night a week after school. The other littles can participate in small group as well and us parents go in a parenting class to discuss behaviors, learn techniques, and sometimes we even get to observe the counselors working with the kids and see how they respond to the kids behaviors. She has done 2 sessions so far and they've gone well. I told the counselor that she seems to be on the shy side as she's really quiet and unsure of what to do with herself when we got to observe last week. The counselor said that a lot of the kids have a honeymoon period for the first 3-4 sessions, and that makes sense seeing how a lot of foster kids have a "honeymoon" period as well when they first come into our homes. It'll be interesting to see how the next few sessions go.

We got called to have a conference with Little E's teacher as well as she is giving her teacher a very hard time in class. She loves school, but she just can't sit still, can't keep her hands off of the other kids, is agressive at recess, and she can't listen and follow directions. She's constantly interrupting the teacher and her attention-span is so short that she is constantly running up to the teacher asking what she's supposed to be doing or where she's going next. She also threatened the teacher's assistant one day. The teacher said she is having to redirect her every 10-15 seconds. She asked me how she is after school and I said she is like a volcano that just errupts. It's all that behavior that I would normally deal with during the day (as she does), but it just escalates and is that much more frequent after school. So, the behavioral therapy place is going to have the school fill out behavioral charts from time-to-time to see if we can see any type of behavioral shift at school and at home while she's in behavioral therapy.

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