We go along and see Educational Psychologist guy. I must confess, I was not wowed off my feet.
I sat there looking at this guy thinking “seriously, you are going to help us, really?” And at one point in the consulation, as I realised we had alreayd got to the hour, I suggested that: “Will you be spending any time with Georgia in this interview?” – said pretty much in that tone.
It appears we will not be Facebook friends moving forward.
He inspired absolutely no confidence in me. I started glaring at him at a certain point, and thinking that Kennith is going to turn to me at the first opportunity and go: ”Why have you wasted my time making this appointment with this tjop?”
What Kennith said instead was that he thought he was super – I was less enamored, decidedly less so in fact.
But that being said, I am going to attempt to take a chill-pill regarding Georgia, and use the “wait and see approach” – one which I am not really familiar with, but with Dr guy recommends.
We have opted to double up on her speech therapy, introduce OT with a focus on concentration exercises, and then at home make an effort to do more games with her so she learns to focus her attention, and Education guy also suggested a book with exercises, called Brain Gym.
He also suggests we try some of these techniques and then relook at her and have her eduationally assessed in about August and then get a real feel for how she will cope in Grade 1 – as it is too early now to get a real indication.
He did agree that her “concentration” and “focus” were a concern.
With that in mind – Kennith came home with two board games last night, and got Connor and Georgia to play Kid Monopoly. (Kennith loves games, and has endless patience for this sort of thing, me, not so much)
I went downstairs with Isabelle and played with some balloons and Kennith played Monopoly with Connor and Georgia.
After about an hour, Monopoly ended, and Kennith congratulated Georgia on winning, and Connor came second and Kennith lost.
Afterwards, Kennith was saying that he did not “let her win” he tried to play a strategic game, but the key to winning is to “buy without any restraint.”
We were trying to get kids to go to bed after teeth brushing, and a few delaying tactics on their part, they started making moves to bed. I was braving pouring my first glass of wine for the week – I have been a bit scared of the wine glass since last Wednesday.
Connor is taunting Georgia, as he does, and Georgia, being Georgia is not going to back down, so she is getting in his face, and basically it is Ganglands in our passage.
Georgia then clicks that she has just won a game, and that makes Connor the loser, so she taunts him in this whiney voice that he is a LOSER. Connor is not a good loser, and does not take this sort of ridicule well.
I know we should have climbed in and stopped them, but it was so funny that we were guffawing in the kitchen.
Eventually we get them into bed – using very stern voices of : ”Okay bedtime now guys, stop monkeying around!”
They get into bed, bedroom doors are left open so we can say good night, give them a final kiss and close the bedroom doors.
As the quiet in the house settles, we hear Georgia pipe up loudly from her bedroom: “Good night LOSER!”
Snort ….guffaw ….. snort-snort …. we never want to change that girl!
<I know we should teach our kids about the fun is in the game, but hells bells, sometimes it is just good to win, and it is nice when she wins over her older brother.>