I have a really hard time with transitions and sudden changes. Getting started and staying focused is really hard for me. You see me next to your desk, asking for help, or reassurance. I may ask to go to the nurse or call home. Sometimes, I argue with friends and classmates. When it’s all too much for me, I blow up and yell, or shut down and can’t do anything.
I’m incredibly conscientious about my work and my materials. I get upset when I don’t understand or when I can’t do something exactly as I think I should. I’m a perfectionist. I think about the future a lot. Sometimes, things get hard for me. You’ll notice me with my head down on my desk, or I’ll be in the nurse's office, or I’m absent, just stressing out at home.
You see me at my desk, and then you don’t because I’m across the room talking to a friend. I start an assignment and then stop; wander and talk. I’m really adorable and I know teachers like me. So I sometimes get away with stuff until it’s obvious I haven’t done any work, and can’t find any of my papers. Then, my mood changes really fast because it’s all caught up to me and now I’m totally overwhelmed.
I am a great kid. I have friends, sometimes. I do my work, sometimes. But sometimes, and I never really know when, something is going to bother me and then, watch out! I know I frustrate my teachers, and my parents, and my friends. That bothers me. But I get angry, and frustrated, and anxious, and I can’t explain what I feel. So I just explode.
I do things slowly and that frustrates people around me. I look like I am having a hard time concentrating and getting started. It isn’t the work, it’s the things that I have in my head that make me think. I have friends, sometimes I don’t want to hang out with them. There are days where I really don’t want to do anything.