Today we did the science. A research assistant came to our house to interview us for the “baseline” research. Tom proudly completed his questionnaire and then stayed to watch me complete my much longer and more detailed questionnaire. There was quite a lot of climbing on the sofa and restlessness as the parent questionnaire went on, which was terrifically amusing when I got to the questions about activity and excessive energy. The lucky research assistant got to view firsthand his inability to sit still for long and had Thomas’ bottom poking at her for a good twenty minutes at least as he hung over the back of the sofa to look out the window at the “beautiful view” of our street. Not sure what was so arresting as nothing had changed from every other day but hey, who am I to argue with his artistic aesthetic?
He was rather excited about taking part in the research but very cool about meeting a scientist when I enthused to him about how he was meeting a real scientist doing a real experiment. He pointed out that his science teachers at school were scientists because they taught science and did experiments so he had actually met a few already. Sometimes he manages to pull me up quite abruptly with his logic and reasoning.
The whole process took just over an hour. We’ll receive our next questionnaire in 16 weeks by post and then the last one in a year’s time. We’ll find out next week whether Thomas’ school has been selected to conduct the therapy sessions or whether we will be part of the control group that only completes the questionnaires.
I’ll let you know as soon as I do.
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