The title is pretty self-explanatory. From early on, my wife and I noticed that our son had a good vocabulary and good reasoning skills. However, he also exhibited extreme temper tantrums and appeared very inflexible to changes in his environment. In preschool, our son demonstrated a high degree of academic proficiency, however after several behavior incidences he was asked to leave. The scenario repeated itself at another daycare. About 2 months into his kindergarten year, he was suspended for behavior issues.
We quickly sought the expertise of his pediatrician; then over time a neurologist, psychologist, psychiatrist, and a neuro-psychologist. Eventually, his severe behaviors necessitated a 30-day inpatient stay in a hospital 3 hours away. In the 4 years that we sought expert opinion, we experimented with nearly every psychotropic drug and drug combination that exists. Upon discharge, our son was moved to another elementary school where he was placed in a special classroom with a 8 students, 1 teacher and 2 aides. His “little whats” led to diagnoses of PDD-NOS, ADHD, OCD, and ODD.
But after attending one of Dr. Greene’s lectures -- in which he spoke about lagging skills and unsolved problems -- I started applying the process of Plan B with my son that Friday night. By the end of the weekend, my son opened up to me more than he has in the past 4 years. We are finally on the right path. After 4 years of failure, it is easy to become results oriented and want answers now, but like everything else in life, it is about the journey and not the destination.