Today we had our monthly update conference call for David.
When he left his previous placement he was struggling with some subjects. Not sure if the standards are different in the new facility, but they report that he has a C average in all of his classes. He is not doing remedial work. He is doing the work as assigned.
Part of this may have to do with the fact that his classroom is right in the residence hall. He doesn’t go to any outside schools. He is out of the equine therapy program until his 13th birthday. Which is in 5 months.
He is already developing a birthday wish list. he asked for a 12 string guitar. Not sure where he would even seen one, but that is what he wants.
We discussed the visit last week that I had with David. I mentioned that while I wouldn’t be happy, if David’s behavior necessitated the need to cancel the visit, then that is what would happen. Even if I was already in Billings. Sure, it would suck to get that far and not be able to see him, but he needs to understand that his actions have consequences.
It is hard to think that David didn’t understand consequences at his last residential placement. All reports are that he is doing fairly well in the new placement.
As much as we miss having him close, his long term stability and behavior control is what is important.