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Focus...

The Little Fayoumis has been doing worse on the focus issue in class. I think part of it was Spring Break.

Tomorrow he'll be visiting the kindergarten class for the day, just to remind him that he does not want to go back there.

There was a misunderstanding with him vs. the teacher -- when he's upset, he only listens to the most upsetting portions of a statement, and doesn't catch the "This penalty only applies if you keep up the bad work" bits. He has showed steady improvement in most things, but he continues to have focus difficulties.

How apropos that pyrogenic linked to his paper on the Anthopological Dynamics of ADHD today. No wonder I've got the patience of a minor saint when dealing with the Little Fayoumis -- I've been handling far more extreme ADHD cases since I was 15. I started off as volunteer companion for pyrogenic to keep him out of mischief when he went off his meds, and then was the companion of good ol' Shawn throughout the rest of high school. I volunteered through the Gifted & Talented class to tutor kids who needed extra help with their first grade course work when I was in high school as well. Some of those kids were AD[H]D. I just made the personality that I started when I had to deal with that the primary one, when living with a little kid. I've never known the difference...

The Little Fayoumis may or may not have biological attention problems; it may or may not be a phase for that age. His mother struggled with some of the same issues.

We'll work it out.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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