On Sunday, when I was on my way to doing something, I was stopped by Ben, sitting on the steps, fussing over his Kindle. Somehow or other he’d gotten on a Google page that was requesting he choose a language and he was frustrated because he didn’t know how to make the page do what he wanted—which was search for something fun to look at.
I tried to help him and he pinched me.
This surprised me.
If you’ve been reading my posts for long enough, then you know that Ben has behavioral issues. He’s aggressive. He throws tantrums regularly. He pinches, bites, kicks, hits, pushes, and otherwise misbehaves regularly. He’s gotten suspended for school for these behaviors.
But that was last year.
This year he’s going to a new school, with new teachers, new students, and a whole new approach to his programming.
I’ve been so wrapped up in Willy’s epilepsy and so wrapped up in Alex’s lack of progress and so wrapped up in the onset of bullying and so wrapped up in working on my book and so wrapped up in being sick from all the stress and poor sleeping habits that I didn’t notice that Ben’s behaviors had changed, not consciously.
Then, he pinched me. And it surprised me. It surprised because it had been a regular occurrence, and it surprised me because it was no longer regular.
Wow. This is big. This is huge!
And I almost missed it.
On Thursday, when I attended his school conference, I also learned something else surprising. Ben is now reading sight words at grade-level. That’s the phrase his new teacher used: “at grade-level.”
Perhaps this seems like a small thing, but none of Ben’s other teachers have ever used “at grade-level” before, because none of Ben’s other teachers thought he could do anything “at grade-level.” Obviously, he can!
And this is just the first conference at the new school! I wonder what he’ll be doing next?