I was just into reading the book and starting to implement strategies.
I had to pack suitcases and the 3 year old (girl) and fly 2000 miles to be with my sister who is in her homespending the last few weeks of her life. She is inthe final stages of Renal Cell Carcinoma which metastasized between the diagnosis and scheduled surgery.
The little one has been uprooted from her every dayroutine, her dad and older brother. She missed her3rd birthday (party), which was already planned. We will celebrate when we return home.
She is a tough one and she is the third one we’ve raised. She is actually our granddaughter, which we adopted, and have had her since she was 4 months old.
The behaviors have accelerated in the situation we are in right now.
Special thing we did this evening – Caught fireflies in her new “bug catcher” discovery kit which I got at Walmart on the clearance aisle.
We live in a place that does not have fireflies, so it was a real treat.
We have the Eric Carle book, The Very Lonely Firefly, which we read all the time.
I taught younger elementary students for 25 years and have a 22 year old biological daughter, a 14 year old adopted ADHD son who was adopted at birth, and our 3 year old granddaughter with possible problems which stem from an overdose by her birth mother when she was 14 weeks pregnant plus a biological father that took his own life nine months to the day before the baby was born. Obviously, neither my daughter or her boyfriend knew she was pregnant at the time. My daughter still suffers from her boyfriend of 3 years shooting himself in the next room with her in the house.
More later. We are planning to find a Child Psychiatrist or Psychologist in the very near future as she just turned 3 on July 31st.
So far, your book is one of the best I’ve read. As an educator and mother of two prior to this one, I thought I could handle any child regardless of temperament or behavior. We love her dearly, as we could not give her up at 4 months old when our daughter left her with us and “hit the road”.
Unfortunately, I think we are dealing with much more than ADHD.