NLD, ADHD, possible AS-Austin age 12
BPD-Gary age 11
BPD-Trevor age 11
ADHD-Adam age 11
ASD-Gordon age 10
ADHD-Kenneth age 9
ADHD-Jacob age 6
ADHD-Grant age 4
ADHD-Kyle age 3
Possible MDS-Michael age 2
This is the alphabet soup we live with/in every day at Rose's House. Some days it's a crazy, wacky place. Some days it's peaceful and quiet. Most day are a combination.
A lot of these kids have come to us from other "caring" or "learning" environments that they have been sent away from. Some have been sent away from multiple places. My heart hurts for them-how can this be effecting them to consistently have doors slammed in their faces? And why? Because they aren't "normal", "typical", or "like everyone else"?
What is normal?
What is typical?
Why must everyone be like everyone else? Wouldn't that make a boring world?
I know all these questions have been asked and discussed before but they are on my mind again the last few days. I began to realize that I was falling into the habit of defining the individual by his/her contribution to the alphapbet soup instead of letting each child's unique characteristics -gifts, trouble spots and all be the defining factors.
So-I'm trying again-
Helpful, Impulsive, Inquisitive, Affectionate-Austin age 12
Helpful, Friendly, Anxious, Active-Gary 11
Silly, Helpful, Sensitive, Energetic-Trevor 11
Smart, Sensitive, Deep Thinker, Helpful-Adam 11
Lovable, Intelligent, Creative, Unpredictable-Gordon 10
Caring, Creative, Active, Cautious-Kenneth 8
Humorous, Sweet, Fidgety, Sensitive-Jacob 6
Energetic, Lovable, Intelligent, Curious-Grant 4
Athletic, Smart, Funny, Very Energetic-Kyle 3
Determined, Survivor, Creative, Cuddly-Michael 2
Or maybe I'm not thinking normally, typically, or like everyone else. I make my own contribution to our alphabet soup-OCD.