Happy weekend everyone! It’s been a busy two weeks.
D’s been having increased anxiety again, and we’re still trying to figure out if there’s a root cause that we should consider when creating an IEP. We had her assessed by a speech language therapist, and she turned out to be above average in spoken language. So when she DOES hesitate and have an anxiety attack while talking, it’s not because she can’t find the words first. The anxiety comes first, THEN she can’t find the words. We are now discussing assessing her for mild autism, based on some small sensory issues, a preference for structure, and some awkward responses to social cues. I’m about as convinced that she has autism as I was that she had a spoken language problem (which is, not very), but perhaps an assessment will at least rule out a problem that we can now just ignore. Or perhaps they’ll find something that I don’t expect. I am still relatively convinced that she has dysgraphia, but we are waiting for the first parent/teacher conference to determine what the teacher thinks about her writing skills.
M, on the other hand, has been excellently. We finally got a stimulant for the attention that seems to work and have no adverse side effects. We had a form filled out by the teacher, which said that M was in the normal range on the ADHD indicators and that he was above average both academically and behaviorally. That’s right. M’s better behaved then the other kids. That’s a far stretch from last year, when he was getting in trouble every day. So, yay! Something’s going right! We are thinking of not doing an IEP for him right now, since he’s in such a good place.
Aaron and I are doing well. There’s no news for Aaron. On the other hand, I made the mistake of going to the dentist on my birthday. Booooo! I’ve never had dental problems in the past, other than a couple of cavities, so it came as a shock when I was told I had periodontal disease and one cavity (underneath a silver filling – meaning I’ll have to get a partial crown). I’ve never had a crown. And the deep cleaning process for the periodontal disease sounds awful. Ugh! I’m going to be listening to that Dentist song from Little Shop of Horrors for the next couple of weeks, I think.
Periodontal disease is a risk factor for early-term birth (pre-37 weeks) and low birth weight. I’m not overly worried, as I haven’t noticed any symptoms of periodontal disease (even bad breath) other than the bleeding gums. But I DO trust my dentist. So, yay, even MORE appointments over the next two weeks. I’m SOOOO tired of appointments right now. I take me to all of mine, the kids to all of theirs, my parents to all of theirs….soooo tired.
On the Blog
I finally managed to publish a couple of book reviews! Yay!
Plus, I joined #bookstagram. I’m hibernatorslibr (same as my twitter account). It’ll mostly be pictures of books and me, books and cats, or just books.
I’m on the last 50 pages of The Hate U Give, so I should finish that today. The Passage is my scary book this month – I’m hoping to get through the whole series before Halloween, but we’ll see what happens. The Gene, so far, is excellent. And I Darken and Beyond These Walls are both ARCs from NetGalley. Yes, I’m behind on And I Darken, but I’ve decided to be responsible and catch up on some of my unreviewed books.
I finished three books last week. Reviews coming.
I didn’t want to give up on this beautiful book, but I just couldn’t find myself interested in the words. I found my mind wandering instead of concentrating on how to move on after I am dead. I guess I better not die. 🙂 Not in Ancient Egypt, anyway. The book, otherwise, is beautiful and highly recommended.
Beyond These Walls, The Witch of Willow Hall, and Them are all ARCs from NetGalley. I went crazy and requested a bunch of stuff. 🙂 The Greeks is a textbook that is suggested by a Ancient Greek history Great Course that I’m working on currently. The Mahabharata replaces The Egyptian Book of the Dead in my classical literature studies. To Be a Machine will be the next Nonfiction book I listen to (chosen because it won the Wellcome Book Prize), when I am done with my Halloween reading. And, finally, I gave up on reading Gulliver’s Travels in lieu of listening to it. Haven’t started the audiobook yet, but I’m looking forward to it.