Beware, she bites

So, you have started biting kids at school. At first it was a rare occurrence, a couple of incidents in the first couple of weeks. The last week it has become a daily occurrence, a cringe-worthy news item we receive when we pick you up. It’s been mostly the same kid, a little boy named Jonathan, who you keep taking issue with. The teachers indicate it is either a space issue or he is trying to take a toy from you, you get upset, and bite. It’s complicated by the fact that you’re not yet talking, and unable to simply tell him ‘no’ or to stop. This is really becoming a problem. We’d hoped that once you settled in and got to know the kids and the routines, you’d stop, but it’s becoming worse. Twice you’ve broken the skin (on two different kids)!

This week the teachers brought in another teacher to observe and help them strategize about what to do. They gave you a teething ring and are encouraging you to bite that when you’re upset. They’re also obviously keeping a very close eye on you so they can stop incidents before they happen. But with up to eight kids in the room, there’s only so much oversight they can provide. They did indicate yesterday that at one point you were frustrated and walked over and grabbed your teething ring and bit it. Success! I’m hopeful this is a breakthrough for you.

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