We had our first SST meeting for Chance at school last week. SST stands for Student Success Team. I guess it used to stand for Student Study Team or something like that but someone decided that wasn't positive enough so they changed it. They also call tutoring/study club "intervention" or "support". The marketing person in me finds the spin amusing.
Anyway, I have been trying to get all our resources together… trying out a few new OT techniques, looking for new materials. I passed around this book at school and I'm not sure I'm gonna get it back! (Which is a shame because our OT/Speech therapy is all excited to see it, too. Guess I'm ordering more.) I'm currently researching noise-reduction or isolation headphones so if there are any SPD/autism parents out there with suggestions please ping me! I will love you long time. We're trying chewing gum in the classroom for focus and to stop someone's little motor mouth from running. I had put together a "busy bag" full of fidget items and worksheets and that has been helping a bit when he just can't sit still. Starting this week I'm also going to be picking Chance up and bringing him home for lunch. This is a big one because it cuts my day in half but it just seems like most of his melt-down incidents happen in the afternoons or at lunch time. We've been discussing giving him a scheduled break in the middle of the day to get away from all the stimulation but honestly, I'm not sure the school has the aide/resources to enforce a break every single day and it might just be moving him from one stimulating environment to another. So I think getting away from the 180-student lunch time noisy cafeteria/recess might be the break he needs. We're going to try it anyway and see how it goes. At least the school year is half-way over.
And President's Week is next week! Woot!
(I'm going to Disneyland.) – wg