It was ridiculously hot at Hough this past week but Luna still loved every second of it! I think last weekend she was sad and moped around the house because I didn’t bring her to school. I thought she might have been sick or something with how she was acting but as it turns out she was just bored and missing her “kids”. Luna has really started taking her responsibilities at Hough seriously. We were able to visit nearly every classroom this week. I had some really high hopes for her in at Hough, however, I sort of assumed it would take a little longer to see her full benefit. She’s still such a puppy that I didn’t know what she would do when faced with the reality of a child in crisis who really needed her or groups of children swarming her. Turns out, it doesn’t matter how old she is, she’s fully capable and ready to take on those challenges.
Two big success stories from this past week that are totally worth sharing. I was so very proud of Luna on Tuesday. Her day started with responding to a child in full crisis from a panic attack. I’ve been working with this student for nearly a year and her panic attacks can last anywhere from 1.5-4 hours. They are all-encompassing, loud, and exhausting. I got a call that she was having one in the office so Luna and I went down to help respond. The little girl was reluctant to have Luna help her at first and I wasn’t sure how Luna would handle the screaming and banging noises. Luna didn’t flinch as I brought her into the office with me and sat down. The little girl came and sat with us after a few minute and was completely calm and ready for me to leave in 10 minutes. I have never really seen anything like it. The little girl was so proud of herself for calming down so quickly and she was able to hang around with Luna and I for most of the morning but returned to class and finished her day in her classroom. I was shocked!
Success story number two! Hough has a self-contained classroom for children with significant behavioral disabilities. This classroom has LOVED accessing Luna as a reward for good behavior. When I was walking by with Luna as they were getting ready to start their day I told the teacher if he wanted Luna could do a greeting to them if they walked quietly and sat nicely in their desks to start the day. The entire group of kids did just that and all got to start their day with a greeting and snuggle from Luna. Later that day the kids who were still on best behavior got another chance to hang out with Luna. When I talked to the teacher as the day ended he said it was one of their best days yet!
This girl is already making great waves at Hough and her benefit is being seen building wide. I’m so proud of her and what she has been able to accomplish in just seven days of school. Like I said, I had high hopes for her, but I never anticipated this kind of positive impact so early! She is truly a blessing Hough Elementary School.
Until next time,