Usually Ryan rides the bus to and from school, but yesterday I had a meeting with his OT, so I picked him up at the end of the morning. Miss Susan was bubbling with excitement.
"Today was terrific - I was going to call you later!"
She proceeds to tell me that Ryan had been playing with a puppet, then put it down and moved on to something else. When another kid picked up the abandoned puppet, Ryan TACKLED the kid. "MINE!" he shouted as he snatched the puppet.
This is good?
Oh yes, says Miss Susan. It means that Ryan has finally started to connect with other children enough to notice what they're doing, to care about what they're doing, and to initiate interaction and the use of language.
"But... sharing. Sharing is important, right?"
"Well, yes, that's the next thing we have to work on."
It's very confusing. This is not the first time that Miss Susan has gotten all excited about behavior for which parents traditionally reprimand their children. Being argumentative and oppositional? That's great! Stealing another boy's sand toys? Terrific! Launching himself head-first down a staircase? That hasn't happened at school yet, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn it's a "sign of progress."