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Happy Birthday to Me

  • Posted on October 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Tomorrow is my birthday. I’m over thirty and under forty, so I’m at an age where I feel anything that doesn’t end in a 0 doesn’t matter. The point isn’t that I’m getting older or just how old I might be. The point is that I get to kick off my birthday with a rather special surprise.

At 8:00 AM I’m going to meet Alex’s team to talk about his heightened aggressive behavior. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

You see, Alex was sent home on Wednesday and we were asked to keep him home on Thursday. This was a surprise and at first I was quite put out. When I labeled it a suspension, nobody contradicted me, whether that’s what they were intending or not. We’ve been getting notes about an increase in pinching. We’ve been seeing that at home, too. Alex being sent home was related to that.

When I got there to pick up Alex last Wednesday, I discovered that there was a lot more than pinching going on here. For one, he was aggressive enough to really hurt one of the paraprofessionals, leaving instant bruises with more bruises surfacing later. That’s why he was being sent home. Apparently, Alex was also targeting people, too, though we don’t know why.

So, on Friday, when he went back to school, they had an independent observer come in to watch him throughout the day, so we could see if we could figure out what’s going on. Our best guess was “attention seeking” behavior, which would be a kind of breakthrough for Alex, though obviously with a negative spin, i.e. aggression. We’re hoping the observer will see whatever the school people aren’t seeing.

So, Tuesday morning, on my birthday, I get to go in early in the morning and talk about all of this and hopefully come up with a new behavioral intervention plan. I’ll let you know how it all goes in Wednesday’s post.