Thank you Kathy! This is VERY helpful! I am doing some of these things but it really helps to see all of your suggestions because, I agree, she is working on a big emotional project. I have tried a few times to find a listening partner but then I stopped because I’m on call with the school (due to her behaviour) so I’m never sure how long I will have in the morning before I have to pick her up. I might be safe to do listening time with someone first thing in the morning. Do you think posting in this forum would be the best? I already tried the Facebook page for listening partnerships. I could try there again I suppose.
Also, I have a question about setting a limit at quiet time. I try to make her afternoon similar to the school day so she can hopefully transition back eventually. We have lunch and then quite time. She has been very resistant to lying down quietly, so I get her to lie down with me. After a few minutes she started getting really uncomfortable and the tears start coming. She started screaming that she doesn’t want me to hold her so I told her I would just gently put my arms around her. This caused more crying and screaming until she started to run away. I didn’t want to push too much with her asking me not to touch/hold her so I let her run into her room. I feel like she would have cried more if I held her tightly but I’m conflicted about doing that when she is screaming no. Any thoughts?
Thanks again Kathy!