My five year old son has had difficulty in Kindergarten. The school counselor has been a great advocate for him, otherwise I think his teacher would have simply said he didn't "belong" in her classroom. It's a charter school, so they do not have to allow him to attend.
The behavior that the teacher doesn't like includes talking out of turn, talking loudly, saying "No" to her requests (such as "Give me your bookbag." When the counselor asked "May I borrow your book bag to put something inside of it for you to take home" he complied.), and it seems like basically not being as easy to handle as she would like. She has taught for 30 years and has a reputation for preparing the children well academically, but with parents she is extremely shy and avoids eye contact. I hate to say it, but it seems as though she has a personality disorder of her own, in my opinion, which only makes this more stressful.
The school counselor has a background of working with exceptional children and a degree in psychology. He stated that our son's behaviors did not alarm him (including hiding under the cafeteria table the first morning he attended breakfast, out of shyness and discomfort and having a meltdown over using soap in the bathroom, complaining that the lights were too bright and that the clock was too noisy). He felt that with mentoring our son would adjust within the first six weeks. Things have improved considerably during this first month, but I still don't think that the teacher is fond of my son.
We're also taking him to a private psychologist. We've detailed his experiences in nursery school, other environments, and Kindergarten. I provided a detailed list of behaviors and symptoms that I'd prepared beforehand. He said that this was very helpful. These first five years have been very challenging. Behavior include: frequent outbursts/tantrums, strong need for control over his activities and environment, some repetitive behaviors, difficulty sitting still and remaining quiet, interrupting others, sensitivity to noise and changes in his routine and environment. Essentially a very strong-willed little boy who is strongly reactive, which can cause him to appear aggressive, yet his reactions seem to stem from feeling frightened and overwhelmed, and not understanding what is going on around him. His sister shares many of his traits, yet her reactions are introverted - very shy, to the point of crying when called upon in class. Because she doesn't disrupt the class, teachers have never had a problem with her. Grrrr!
I am not eager to label my son, but do want to know if he is exhibiting tendencies of Sensory Integration Disorder, Dyspraxia, Aspergers (he is very intelligent with precocious speech patterns and mannerisms, which also seems to irritate his teacher who just wants him to act like the other children), ADHD, or a combination of these things. We've seen the private psychologist twice and I am not entirely pleased with his response. He seems very slow to respond, in my opinion, and does not plan to observe our son in other environments. Visiting an adult's office, no matter how nice they may be, limits a child's response from the beginning, yet this doesn't seem to bother the psychologist at all. When I point out certain behaviors that I've noticed, his response is "Those have not presented themselves in front of me, so I can't comment on those."
Is this typical in private care? How long should I give this relationship before looking elsewhere? I dont' want to confuse our son, nor do I want to waste our time and resources. Advice is appreciated.