This is Lucy, one of our guinea pig girls. Her eyes really are pink.
And, she's also visually impaired, although you'd never know it to look at her
and it's not related to her eye color.
She loves Safety Guy, who gives the girls baby carrots every night.
She gets up on her hind legs and gives him whisker kisses - very cute.
When his primary resource teacher asked what I wanted out of this meeting, I asked for more help for him in dealing with his social stress and anxiety in school. That seems to be a root issue that leads to further verbal acting out and poor choices in what he says to others. If we can address the anxiety and stress, he'll be less likely to take his negative emotions out on others. He's gotten better at "owning" his actions, but I'd like to see him also have the support he needs to head off issues before they blow up on him. I want the school to be more proactive than reactive. We've got to get ahead of this cycle of stress and reaction, or the rest of his year will be very difficult. Frankly, I don't think any of us want a repeat of last spring's difficulties, least of all Safety Guy.
On a happy note, a couple students invited SG to sit with them at lunch on Monday, and he enjoyed sharing pictures and videos from his iPod with them. It's a small thing, but really, it's a big thing - casual friendship, common kindness, simple fun. I am so happy that he had that bright spot in his day, and I hope it's the first of many more.