This school year is bringing many changes for my son; mainstream all day is one. He has left his center based class of 7 to 8 students and has embarked on the journey of inclusion. He is in a class with 25 kids, a teacher, and his aide. The noise level has changed, the work load has increased, the pace of the classroom is much quicker, and he has to become familiar with all of these new people in his life. So far we are off to a rough start. Not only is he working with persons' unfamiliar to him, but he is in an environment that is both visually and auditorily chaotic. It has been hard for him to process what is happening around him, and he therefore screams and acts out. It's hard for him to follow his rules when he isn't sure that the people he is working with are in control of the situation. He wants to know who is in control and will be able to guide him through the day, by using techniques and behavior models that are familiar to him. So far this is not happening and he is suffering the consequences. I have to hold him to the standards that I always have for acting out at school, but this time around I feel like some of the behaviors could be easily avoided.
So far I have anxiety every morning dropping him off because I know he wants to do well, but making that happen and ignoring his impulses is really hard. Here's to hoping that this year gets better and that outbursts' decrease!