I have posted on here before about my son who is 2 1/2 and hyperlexic. We went through some testing due to some concerns my husband and I had for him. He was accepted into the Birth to 3 program because he was extremely anxious when they did the evaluation for him. (just woke up from a nap, new people in the house) They gave us some great suggestions to help with his anxiety; He is now a completely different kid when we go to the doctors, a situation he NEVER EVER would approach calmly. The way we did this was prepping him; we wrote a paragraph about the doctor's visit and read it a few times before we went. The Birth to 3 professionals are floored with him, he is no longer anxious in fact the asks them to play with him. Makes great eye contact with them and usually has them laughing many times through their session. We went ahead and had him tested by a Dr in child psychology, again she was floored by him and what he is doing. Whenever any professional sees him they say "hmmm interesting...he is a complex kid...extremely smart" no one can seem to figure him out, including myself. She said he was clearly not autistic but she was a little concerned about his socializing skills. He does everything he should (make requests, good eye contact) but she says he doesn't do enough of it, and he could improve on these skills. We are looking into a pre-k for him that is more centered around socializing. Now here are my questions...
- What are some options that are out there for school? My husband and I believe in the public schools if it can work for him. I think being well rounded is very important. Book smart is wonderful but knowing how to correlate with others is just as important.
- Has anyone kept their kids in public school and were able to get good results and cooperation from teachers on giving extra work?
We are just trying to find the right balance for him and our family. He baffles us constantly, I'm not trying to brag here just not sure what my next step should be. We haven't told any friends because we don't want it to come across as look at our kid he is brilliant. But it's really hard to not talk about it when he sees a fire and spells it or is looking for a 7 and ask's me where the s-e-v-e-n is?
any thoughts, experiences would be much appreciated.