Do you remember the fuss my post called 'The Difficult Child' caused?
I nearly gave up blogging after some of the comments on that one.
That post showed my how supportive and unsupportive the blogging community can be all in one!
Well, it seems sometimes children are difficult for a reason.
Do you remember the label I heard and was very unsure about recently?
Gifted and talented.
I've just come home from helping in the classroom this morning and after an impromptu discussion with my 5 year old boy's teacher I learned his Maths is so far off the scale for his age they are getting someone from the university to come and discuss possible learning and extension programs for him.
And, while she was skirting and toe shuffling around terminology, I stated I'd suspected he has had ASD tendencies for quite awhile.
She looked mighty relieved because she wanted to say Aspergers to me but (being someone she used to work with and socialise with) was finding it difficult to come out and say it.
He has not been officially tested nor diagnosed with either.
But there you have it.
Gifted and talented children with Aspergers are often 'difficult'.
Do I feel a little vindicated, well yes, I think I do.
The lesson: If someone is trying to manage a difficult child, cut them some slack instead of crucifying them. Who knows what issues they may be dealing with.
Now please excuse me while I try to process all of this.