I am so grateful to have found a school for George where they not only accept him as is, and work with him and his needs; but one with teachers and staff that challenge him and study him and constantly question their own techniques to see if they are doing all they can. The last six months have been AMAZING for George. All of his skills have improved, his energy is up, his brain is going a mile a minute, he's talking, he's pushing limits, he's becoming the class clown, he's tantruming far more..... oh yeah, some of that's not so good.
I spent a half hour with the director of his "regular" preschool today after dropping him off. They've been struggling with him, I've been struggling with him, we all know he needs something, but we don't yet know what. It's hard to have these conversations. Wonderful, but hard. Every time I think we've "solved" his issues, life cycles around to remind me that there is always something new around the corner. But I have to remember that, with George, it is a cycle. Whenever we get to these points in life where everyone that comes into contact with him is struggling, and he's pushing every attention-getting button we have, and it feels like this is all impossible... he's changing. There is some new development happening in his brain. We're getting ready for a breakthrough. This time next week (or maybe the week after, or a bit more), we will have gone beyond this point in the cycle and we'll be looking at a new kid that has one more achievement under his belt.
Just gotta get there.