As a parent it is all you can ask for
Hi Kay, Thanks so much for getting in touch, and how wonderful to hear from you. Matthew is doing really well. In fact, he is a completely different child from the angry frustrated child last year who just seemed to want to punish himself and the world. He is doing great at school. He has made lots of new friends in his class, and they are playing beautifully together. He has worked his way up from being in the bottom stream to the top stream in all subjects. Because he’s concentrating and interested. He even got a principal's award the other week for demonstrating leadership in class. We are still spending time together every night discussing his days and how he might have demonstrated his strengths each day and I think it really helps him reinforce the things that are great about him. He still has his moments when he gets stuck every so often, but he is much better at dealing with these himself. And when it gets too much he knows to take himself off for a minute, bring himself back when he is settled. And the good news is that he can see it from others point of view and will often acknowledge what happened, apologise and move on.
Thanks so much for the tools you gave him. It has been such a relief to see how he is getting more confident in solving his own problems and finding ways around the things that trouble him. As a parent it is all you can ask for.
Diana (Mum of Matthew, age 8)