Today, Matthew left the cafeteria saying he had left something behind. The class thought he had gone to the bathroom so didn't start looking for him immediately. When he still didn't return they started looking for him. Because of his habit of running and hiding, they looked in all of the normal places (classroom, coat closet, bathroom, etc.). No Matthew. A teacher walking by found him - OUTSIDE - right before they were about to call an official lockdown of the school for a missing child.
The counselor finally got him to talk. He was looking for his notebook that he had left somewhere. He was retracing his steps, and went out to the playground to see if it was there. He didn't know the door would lock behind him. (Why did the door OPEN for him to get out????) He suddenly got scared that he would be in trouble for going where he wasn't supposed to so he hid in a small alcove beside the door. People looking out couldn't see him. People walking around the building couldn't see him. Only if you look around the corner of the door could you see him, and thankfully, that teacher caught a glimpse as she walked by outside.
I got a referral to a therapist in addition to the psychiatrist he already sees. She's getting us in on a rather rapid basis this week because we just can't live like this. He's such a sweet and bright kid, but we just don't know how his mind is working. He scared me to death today.