Well, hello there and welcome to the first ever post on this blog - about my son's behaviour and our journey to improve it.
Let me introduce myself....I'm Stix, my son is Mini - he's just 5. He started school in September, and over the last year and a half his behaviour has gone from typical toddler tantrums to full on major meltdowns.
We've sought help in the past from our health visiting team and have been fobbed off, and then eventually were encouraged down the Webster-Stratton route, but over the last month, it's gotten worse so today I've bitten the bullet and spoken to my GP.
Life with Mini is hard-going - he displays typical 5 year old behaviour. He says no (quite a lot), he ignores us, he winds up his little sister. He also does things that I think are not typical - he screams....a lot, he tantrums, he gets so worked up about small things but can't calm himself down, he is very defiant, he wets himself (despite being successfully potty-trained when he was 2 and a half), he is perfect at school but a switch gets flicked when he gets home - very Jekyll/Hyde style, he doesn't have any vague understanding of consequences, cannot follow basic instruction, he doesn't learn from his mistakes, likes to control conversations, he copies his little sister's bad behaviour even after seeing her told off, he can't stand silence and has to make noise, he counts everything....and I mean everything, he is frequently unable to make choices - even simple ones like whether to have cheese or jam in his sandwich and he's never been able to occupy himself - he's needed me or the NC to play with him, and if we've been doing something else i.e the dusting, he'd rather join in then play on his own.
Life with Mini is also rewarding. It took us several years to get through the adoption process in full (but just 9 months for the prep course and homestudy) and then a bit longer to be matched with and introduced to Mini. He is special because of how he came to us, he is a very good looking little boy who makes us laugh, and melts everyone's hearts with his smile. Mini is a smart cookie who adores his little sister, and enjoys baking with mummy, learning to ride his bike with daddy, and geocaching with the whole family.
My mothers intuition is telling me that things aren't right.
My GP listened to me, did not make me feel neurotic, and is going to set up an observation session. I think we're properly on our way now to getting some help.