Whinge alert - sorry guys!!
Yesterday I had a chat to the teacher about DS's group participation - I had noticed on the times I had helped that he turns himself away from the group and doesn't join in. I thought maybe it was because I was there, but apparently he does it all the time. The teacher says he does it to isolate himself, and recommended that we take him to more group things so I think I will join a formal playgroup for the two children on a Tuesday. I had been invited to join one anyway, and two of DS's kindy friends go there so that will make it easier for him to ease in. She had done an assessment on him yesterday too, and was worried about his speech - so we had a chat about that, and she asked me to bring in some info about PRS which I will do, and I will write up what I have been doing with him for his speech development so she can work with me. What she did say was that his colours and numbers and things were very advanced, it was just his speech that was behind. To be honest I agree with her. There is an assessment that they do officially on speech where a 2 year old child has to be able to say x amount of words, and 2y 6m says x number of words, and he can fulfil those requirements which gets him off the list for speech difficulties that the state are interested in, but when you put him with his peers, his speech capabilities is markedly different. I know the reasons why, and I think he has done remarkably well in the time that we have been working on it, and also (what the kindy teacher has no real experience with) is that he is very advanced for a PRS child of his age, but he does find it a bit frustrating that he can't communicate with other children at the level that they expect, and I think that leads to him withdrawing from the group. Working on his speech, however is a very slow process and as he progresses, so do they, which means he is always behind! I have noticed he is far happier doing things at home than around the other children. Here he will practice new crafts with me, talk to me and DD, read DD stories and chatter non stop, but at kindy he goes off and plays away from where the other children are (perhaps) so he doesn't have to talk to them.
So then we got back and went straight out again to the Children's. DH came this time and held DS so the ENT was able to do a bit more than when I am holding him. DS was terrified as usual and screamed so loud he made his nose bleed. The ENT has given us hydrogen peroxide which will be SO much fun. Apparently it fizzes and bubbles and gets quite warm inside the ear which means DH will have to hold him down to apply it twice a day for 5 days. JOY! And we have to be super careful not to get it in the eye - ouch! Wish me luck!!
whinge over, carry on...!