Thursday, March 03, 2005

OK--I will keep the Journal Online!

By all the email I have received it is VERY clear that everyone wants me to continue the Online Journal--and should this cause a family to decide that facing these issues is something they don't want to do---then Good--a family who could not face this should not Adopt a Special child or an older child....No one can promise the MOVE to your home would not include what we have faced....so be prepared.

Well--things are just moving along. Dad went to the weekly meeting yesterday and is feeling better if for no other reason then he was able to see the people and environment (and personally notice that his little girl could have a great deal of other problems like some of the other kids have--men seems to like seeing that they don't have the hardest kid in the bunch)

He was a bit turned off that all the staff was sooooooooo young and that several had pierced parts of themselves that he wouldn't consider piercable---but, It is Portland and if you can put a hole in it someone will so.....as hard as it is to look at in some parts of town this is 100% normal and even acceptable for professionals..... Oh well.

Some EKG and EEG testing has been done and most indicate that the brain scans do NOT show typical signs for ADHD. We see the med doctor next week and will talk about stopping the Ritalin and other ADHD meds for a period of time and do another EKG and EEG down the line.

Interestingly is the fact that some of the developmental testing that show a child has learned to predict and decide what will happen under certain situations was done...Most kids get these tests between age 6-9 and right now Makala is not showing that she has the ability to predict things. These tests are so cool...

One is a series of glasses with straws and the question is that you sip a little off one glass and more off the next and even more off the next can you show where the pop line is as you sip the glasses? Her line was straight across she did not get it.

Another shows a bottle upright and another bottle tilted and asks to draw a line and show what the water will look like....Her lines showed that she did not think the water would tilt with the tilted bottle it was written side ways as if the bottle was standing upright but the drawing was put on the page wrong...

The last test shows a hill with a house on top of it....and an 'X' half way down the side---the child is asked to draw a house on the 'X'--well, Makala's house would be hard to live in....nothing would ever stand up correctly and it would be very difficult to stand up in the house because it was not drawn as if it was built to stand on the side of a hill.

These test show that the child is not yet thinking of the RESULTS and predicting what will happen--and I find this very interesting and will consider this fact a lot more when I am suspecting that she is plotting something.....

Anyway--the big issues this week have been the lies again! yesterday she did the "ring the doorbell" game and run away and pretend she didn't ring the door bell--I hate this game it drives me crazy--but this time I just pretended I didn't notice.... No fun for her.

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