Behavior Issues with my 7 year old. Should we seek a Behavioral Counselor?
(Lake Mary, Fl)
My son was diagnosed with SPD at the age of 3. He went to OT for 2 years until we decided it wasn't helping with the "new" behavior issues we were having. His occupational therapist explained that his behavior issues did have to do with his Sensory Issues. My husband and I just felt that the OT he was receiving wasn't helping with his current issues. We had many issues with our son in Preschool, like being sent home because of his behavior issues. We were VERY worried about his behavior in Kindergarten.
Well, the summer before kindergarten (a few months after stopping OT) we enrolled our son in karate. OMG!! He did a total 180! All of our friends and family even noticed his change. Needless to say, we had NO issues in kindergarten. My son is now 7 and is 3/4 of his way through 1st grade and for some reason he NOW is acting out in class. His teacher says that he talks back a lot, won't do the work she gives him in class, and one day even started running around the classroom yelling,"I can't take this anymore." We have tried giving him OT (push ups) for every time he talks back at home, which seems to work, but his teacher says that she wouldn't be able to implement it at school. We are at a loss with him right now! All punishments or incentives that we give him for behaving good at school seem to go down the drain once he gets to school. He even tells me, before he leaves for school, that he's going to be super good, but comes home with a bad mark and/or comment from teacher.
My question really is, should my husband and I look into a behavioral counselor? PLEASE HELP!!