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Spent some time studying and learning Dabrowski; thanks for the suggestion. I wish you could have been sitting here at the table with me tonight working with her on creating her schedule; you'd of laughed and giggled right with me. She has this "place" she floats off to when she is "organizing"-lol. Colors must be in this exact order; the schedule must be made with scented markers..(it's a symphony dontcha know)...the accompanying illustrations to the side are drawn two ways. It *looks* like a picture of such and such if you hold it this way, but if you turn it upsidedown, it's a totally different picture..and she'll explain it. The upside down picture is actually spot on and carries intense details that always make me laugh. I know she's a little on the OCD end, but it's not so bad. I just say to myself.."it's the hydrocephalus"- she has pressure issues on the left side of the brain and has been recently diagnosed with an arachnoid cyst which is rather large. In a couple of weeks we are going to Seattle Childrens to have her films examined. So I don't know with her if she has quarks & quirks, if she stands out in any one way that would relate to the scale of differences that Dabrowski recognized & researched. Out of the five qualifying fields, I'd probably slide her into two of them easily; but to what degree/percent or effect...I'm not really feeling any reason to alarm right now. If her cyst is fenestrated (skull plug opened / removed)- then I may see changes for the better or worse. There's no calling it. If they choose to "leave it alone" (the cyst) - the most common difficulty that occurs (just due to sheer size/location/pressure) is a condition of ADHD. While reading Deabrowski and the clinical diagnosing mistakes folks make (Sensory Overload vs. true ADHD in DSMV style)- that's a bit concerning. I really feel for the kids & families out there that may be living under misdiagnosis and are drugged for an error in "condition". A nice video intro (short) presentation for those unfamiliar is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d99mNzmv51A Another one on overcoming SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) is here (aimed at kids, also very short): I have marked for her exposure to a learning unit on Dabrowski here: http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/living_with_oes.htm I'm sliding that one into the "health" units. It has printables and step by step instructions & is a full lesson plan. Children of any age can handle this, right up to adulthood. I think the concept of Dabrowski & Sensory Overload is the "it" I was trying to describe in an earlier post about closed populations/behavior in g/t school settings. It's just all over the place, and always extreme...never anything in the middle or mainstream.
Where would you start looking for answers? We've been struggling with my DD4 since...well, birth, basically. I won't go into a huge amount of detail unnecessarily, but my mommy radar is going off, and I'm starting to worry that there's something I'm not seeing here. Mainly, she seems to have so much impatience and anger all the time, and nothing we've done over the years has helped her learn to control it. My mom pointed out something tonight that I hadn't noticed--DD4 hardly ever cuddles anymore, and when she does, it's just for a minute or two, then she's pushing you off her. She's always about three seconds away from screaming at someone or acting out. If I had to make a guess at something, I'd guess sensory issues--she's always hated loud noises and singing, but I chalked it up to her need to be in control of every situation. She's always gotten overwhelmed in large groups, to the point where she insisted on eating meals alone in her room when we had a big group of family visiting last summer, but frankly, I didn't blame her and wouldn't have minded eating alone at times too! She's started preschool in the last few weeks, and while preschool seems to be going well, her behavior at home has been harder to handle. Again, I chalked it up to the change in her sleep schedule and at having to be "on" while in a relatively new group of people several mornings a week. I was thinking we should let her nap, but she's taken naps a few afternoons in the past week and if anything, her behavior is worse afterward, almost like she's bewildered herself by how out of control she is. Yesterday she was bouncing off the walls after dinner, and randomly, she ran up to hug me hard and bit me on the stomach! I screeched in shock and pain, and she started to cry (of course). I said, "Why would you bite me?!" And she said, "I...I...I just wanted to hug you!" and ran to her room. Afterward, she couldn't tell me what made her bite me. I'm starting to feel like I'm making a lot of excuses and missing what's really going on :( Anyway, where do I go from here? Pediatrician? Behavioral specialist? Elimination diet? If there are sensory issues, who diagnoses them? If there's an actual behavioral problem, who diagnoses that? I won't lie--it scares me a bit to see that she's become a very proficient liar and a pretty accomplished sneak. If it turns out that she's just got this incredibly difficult personality that needs to be in control of every single moment in her life, where do I find help with that? IS THERE help with that?! I would love some advice. I've posted about her here a few times before, and maybe she's really just a "spirited" child, but living with her is pretty difficult these days, and it seems that BEING her is not so easy either. I'd really like to find a way to help all of us. TIA!
DD is exhausting. Everything she does is designed to irritate and annoy. She will ask me to repeat things when she heard them okay, just wants to make more work for me. She talks every 30 seconds every waking moment. I am not exagerating. I am tired. I am too exhausted to talk that often. I am so worn out it is making me angry. But most of her exhausting behaviors aren't really bad, so I don't know what to do about them. She will not sleep by herself at all. She will not go into a different room without me about half the time. She is too scared to pick up her toys or go to the bathroom herself. She will never stay in a separate room to play or read. She does things to irritate her brother just to irritate. I am so tired of fighting with her all day long. Everything ends up a fight because she argues every word I say, or has to hear it 5 times, or continues to do something when I say stop b/c she thinks it is funny when I physically restrain her. She takes more energy than any child I have ever come accross. And I do know this. I had a daycare with 13 kids ranging from Newborn to 14, (They came on different days not all at once.) I helped raise my 4 nieces and nephews, and I was a nanny for a 15 month old and his 4.5 year old sister. What can I do??