Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Eight good days and then uh oh!

Well Elijah had eight good days and then "hit" the aide yesterday. I use HIT in the apostrophe, because I he didn't just HIT her as hard as he could. He was frustrated and hit at her. I wasn't told the severity of the hit, but his points were only frozen for yesterday and today, so it couldn't have been too hard. Grant you, he shouldn't be hitting at all, but this is something he is going to have to learn. When we have his IEP meeting in a week we will be discussing an evaluation for adaptive PE which would move him to a smaller class with other special needs kids. PE is the only place he is having a hard time with impulse control and with aggression. In the past, if he had hit, he would have lost a whole level. I just didn't think that was working for him anymore. He is being punished for a neurological condiation.....again the program has to fit him, not him fit the program. He did have a good day today!

There are a few more things I want to discuss at the meeting, like at what level does he get to participate in field trips and about the end of year field day. He missed it last year due to losing too many levels in a week. It really irritated me because NO one had told me when field day would be, so I couldn't reinforce that he needed to behave to participate.

I do like this school and his teacher. He has made SO much progress since a year ago and we have more work ahead of us.

He is going to be Indiana Jones for Halloween. I'll post pictures tomorrow! Jacob wants to just pass out candy, you know, he is getting too old for all of this!

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