I know I just posted, but this one needs a seperate post all of it's own. Bonnie has been doing OH so very very well, that sometimes I forget there was ever a problem. (well not a problem.....but you know what I mean) For those who don't, Bonnie was last year diagnosed with Selective Mutism - basically an anxiety disorder that means, even if she wants to, she can't talk in places where she feels uncomfortable. There are no rules about where she can/can't talk, or WHO she can/can't talk to. The only treatment is to provide a supportive environment, where she is given the opportunity to talk, but without putting any pressure on her if she can't. UNDERSTANDING basically is all she needs, until she can work through it. And here she has been really lucky, her kinder teachers were gentle, patient and caring, and just fantastic for her, and she made great leaps and bounds last year. Her teacher, Mrs Rawlins, is amazing too. These professional people have their heads around it no problem. It's ME again with the issues. I was in the room to do reading this morning, and was all set to listen to Bonnie read, but she wouldn't. NO WAY. She wouldn't come sit with us at the table. She wouldn't read to the other mum. Not even to MRs Rawlins - hands over her ears at this point. Now I KNOW that putting pressure on her is WRONG WRONG WRONG. But, I know she is not letting them see how fantastic she is. She has been wowing me with her reading at home, but if she won't demonstrate it at school, how can they tell????? This is the biggest fear I had about sending my little one to school, and here it is happening exactly as I dreamed it. Of course....today was only the first day, and I may be over-reacting.
Gotta go get the little darling now, schools out in a tic.