Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Overall, Elijah's behavior has improved 200% except for in PE. It isn't like he is being awful, he just does things before thinking. Like today, they had jump ropes and he swung the rope around and hit a girl. He didn't do it on purpose, but it is still considered a hit and so his points are frozen. Quick recap...he is on a behavior plan and has to earn points to move up in levels. He started on level 1 and if he hits he moved down a level(like on level 2 and he hits so he moves back to level 1). He was doing great, but still stuck at level 1, so we tweaked things and he is on level 4 now.

He has fewer privledges on level 1 and as he moves through the levels he gets more privledges. On Level 4 he gets to eat in the cafeteria and he has his desk OUT of a cubicle. Now he needs this structure, but it is just frustrating that PE is holding him down. That is his last hurdle. I am really just venting. He is 9 years old and in 3rd grade. He has to learn to be careful, but when you compare him to this time last year you wouldn't even see the same child. You would think they were two different children.

OK my vent is over. He will make it, he has made too much progress for me to get down now. He just has to try harder!

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