Each day moves forward without prompting. We start when the rest of the kids leave the house. 8am – four kids off to school. 8:30 breakfast and clean up 9:00 play time 9:30 exercise period 10:00 study math 10:30 break 11:00 spelling lessons 11:30 – 1 lunch 1pm grammar and reading. 1:30pm. done for the day For exercise we use games on the Wii. When it gets warmer, we will go outside. We also have an exercise bike. Three times a week, we try to have an outing of some kind. Go to the store, a cafe, bank or whatever. Our day varies depending on his temperament and how he is responding. Because of the severity of the ADHD, the above schedule is very flexible. Some days we might not get started until 11am and might get done at 1. We work when he is able to focus and function.
While we didn’t launch any rockets today, it was none the less, a success. Why? Well, David got upset because one of the sibs didn’t want to play with him. We have a rule, that when a sib calls David’s name a certain way, then David has to stop what he is doing and come out to the living room for a few minutes. Well, a sib called his name a number of times, and David didn’t think that he had to listen to and obey the rules. So he ended up on time out. Now the time out rule is that the quicker you settle down, the quicker you can return to have fun. Normal time-out length is one minute for each year of life, but we don’t start the time out until after his is calmed down. He ended up not being able to play for most of
Well, in 25 minutes the rest of the kids will be out of school for the day. And what has been a quiet interlude for my youngest and I, will turn into a storm. Why? It seems that as soon as his siblings get home from school, a switch is flipped and he is determined to do anything in his power to get any attention that he can, doesn’t seem to matter if the attention is positive or negative. The jury is still out on whether or not it is the Reactive Attachment Disorder that causes or enhances this behaviour. All I know is that it is very frustrating. I can see how frustrating for him it is. He and I have talked about it, and he is usually pretty good at explaining why he does some of the things that he does. But, he has no explanation for why