It’s really frustrating that most of the information I’m reading on Reactive Attachment Disorder is so discouraging. I took home a bunch of books from the library and there’s a lot of descriptions of the negative things that could happen. I’m looking for the bright side here and I’m having a really hard time finding it. I’m reading about residential facilities and worse. What I really need is information on how to alter Alexis’ behavior NOW so we don’t get to that point.
I have to say that I completely agree with her therapist’s diagnosis. Nearly everything I have read so far applies. The one thing that doesn’t is the cruelty to animals bit. Alexis has always been really fascinated by Lady but her behavior has been very appropriate. In fact, she seems to sympathize with our dog more than her siblings. She even takes naps with her.
I have been trying to keep her occupied this Summer so that some of the more difficult behaviors are less prevalent. She absolutely loves puzzles and word searches so we keep a lot of those around. She can put together a 100 piece puzzle quicker than I can.
We found out a few days ago that Alexis failed the practice LEAP test. She’s really concerned because she’ll have to pass the LEAP test next year to move up to 5th grade. Today I worked with her on the LEAP practice materials that her teacher sent home for the Summer. She was able to talk me out of it before because we didn’t know whether or not she passed. Now that I know she didn’t… I also know what areas to focus on based on her scores. It’s not fair to have her do all of that work and not have the other two have something to do as well. I’m having Jordan practice handwriting and punctuation and Brandon is working on recognizing and forming letters.
Thank goodness for scrapbooking! Sometimes that’s the only way I can get my mind off of the problems our family faces on a day to day basis. I made some cards the other night after a particularly bad day and I ended up feeling better when they were done!
I used the scraps from my Surf's Up kit and add on from Scraptastic Club to make Father's Day cards. The top one is for my husband, and the bottom one is for my grandpa who loves boats.
I used a sketch from the Ally Scraps blog for inspiration and completed these as part of a challenge over there.
I’m suspending the Wednesday questions for a while due to the wildness that is Summer vacation. I may start them again in a month or two but for now I’m having a hard time coming up with questions with everything that’s on my mind.