Not long ago, I posted an update on our continuing efforts to help Michael succeed, socially and academically. You can read about that here.
I am very happy to report that after five weeks, we’ve seen a marked improvement in Michael’s behavior at school.
Before, I would get a phone call from the principal at LEAST twice a week. Now, she has no reason to call.
Before, Michael’s school day report would show one or two smiley faces out of a possible six. Now, he gets five or six.
Before, the notes that would come home would talk about how Michael cried all day or refused to do his work. Now, we get notes coming home saying that he did well at writing workshop and did his math work.
What’s really changed is his ability to control himself enough to stop his mischievous impulses and to make better choices.
I have to say, I think the Concerta is helping a lot.
A doctor or pharmacist might describe its effect on neurons and serotonin and stuff, with all clinical terminology. Meanwhile, in my mind I’m thinking:
As I’d said before, the point of medication isn’t to calm him down or turn him into a zombie.
It’s to provide just enough extra boost to his own ability to enable him to control himself. That’s all.
He’s just as random, loud, joyful, energetic, exploratory, relentless, exuberant and expressive as he’s always been.
Only now he can be all that when he wants to, and keep it contained when he needs to.