...if he is naughty or nice!
Colin bit his new teacher today! I was horrified when his current teachers told me because this time, it sounded like he bit a little bit out of anger! Apparently, during "art" time in his new classroom, Colin kept throwing the crayon and wasn't very interested in participating at the time. Miss Christina, his new teacher, kept giving him the crayon back and then assisting him with the coloring. She went to reach across him to get the crayon he had dropped and he leaned down and bit her arm! She yelped and then sternly told him "we don't bite" but I'm embarrassed! Everyone there kept assuring me that it's the "stage", but to be quite frank, I do NOT like this stage one bit! All you parents of a child with DS out there are probably pretty familiar with the "sharp" teeth so on top of the fact he bit, he bit with a sharp tooth on the bottom!
One thing that was mentioned to me was that it's common at this stage because the kids can't communicate their anger, wants, needs, etc., which does make sense to me. Colin's communication has been improving lately and he is starting to initiate more to us when he wants or needs something. Some of the most common things he has been initiating are: signing eat when he is really hungry (typically done in the morning if we wait to long to feed him), bath time (at the end of dinner every night he he signs bath because he loves it that much), and putting his arms up when he wants to be picked up (and then wining if you don't pick him up). His signs are really starting to pick up after being prompted which is also fun to watch change.
...Santa is probably watching Colin a little bit more closely these days!