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07 July 2012

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Susan

'Presuming competence'....even if the words and sentences are too long for him to comprehend, the nuances are not...his body/brain do not work 'right' and need support...medications, behaviors, sensory stuff....must cause fears, anxiety, upset-ness, and worry, particularly for an anxious guy....and his own body/sensory issues, four hours in the car, all add up to worry....a good night's sleep will help!

Linda

And hot weather, lag from new classroom/teacher, grandparents enroute, yikes! Hope Charlie slept.

Life Skills Teacher

Have you tried explaining your discussions (before and after!) in Charlie-appropriate language? I know he's sensitive to too much blather -maybe in photos or music instead of words (since those seem to be his most comfortable language....) I know for myself (and most of the anxious students I've worked with) its the confusion/misunderstanding of partially heard/comprehended information (that you know is significant and maybe bad) that us at the root of the anxiety.

Monica

Geez, everybody is highly stressed in this heat! And then add the stress of the neurologist visit (with its accompanying psychobabble) and the long ride in the car ... I don't know how well I'd do in this situation!

Charlie hasn't yet developed the self-regulating and self-preserving instincts, like bringing down his activity level, which would help his body cope. Good that he has two parents who love and understand him, and whose calm and steady presence can soothe him. You just keep doing the best you can ... Hope he got a good night's sleep.

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