Emotional distress

Sunday was a tough day for Elliott. He’s been struggling emotionally for awhile. We’re working with Dr. Pattie to help him, but he’s in a place where I’m not sure how to get through to him. 

Much of what is eating him alive is in regards to school. He likes school but he’s extremely frustrated with the behaviors of some of his classmates. Frankly, it sounds very much like typical stupid kid antics, and I’ve explained that to Elliott. 

At the same time, some of what is upsetting him is actionable and I need to look into it. 

Apparently, one of the kids sitting next to Elliott enjoys breaking pencils and has broken all fifteen of Elliott’s new pencils. According to Elliott, he’s approached his teachers and they haven’t done anything. There could easily be a disconnect between what Elliott perceives his teachers doing in response and what they are actually doing. I need to look into this. 

Another problem is at least one of the kids is really loud. It sounds like this kid is always being disruptive, and that makes it hard for Elliott to concentrate. 

During state testing recently, Elliott had to move out into the hallway to do his test because this kid was driving him crazy. 

The way Elliott explains it, this kid is frequently being corrected for being purposefully disruptive. 

Does this kid have an issue and making noise is a symptom, or is he just being unruly? The jury’s still out on that one. Regardless, it’s impacting Elliott’s ability to learn and should be brought to the schools attention. 

The best thing I can do for Elliott is to ask some questions and see if I can get a better feel for what’s going on. 

It’s no secret that Elliott doesn’t always perceive people’s actions or intentions correctly, especially if he’s experiencing emotional distress as a result. 

Regardless, Elliott was so upset that he was up until after 1 AM. We ended up crashing on the couches in the living room, so Emmett didn’t wake up. 

He’s finally sleeping and that means I can do so myself. 

I promised him that I would walk him into the school and talk to the staff. We need to get the ball rolling on this and either address the problems in the classroom or help Elliott better understand what’s going on if it’s a perception thing. 

We only have ten days left of school and I just want to survive it… 

Rob Gorski

Full time, work from home single Dad to my 3 amazing boys. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)
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