Children, Lifestyle

Dean’s ABA Week

This will be uploading on the final week of the semester. I am currently writing this the week before, so right now it is the beginning of week 7. I will soon be having a September semester wrap up post and also a semester beginning post as well for the October to December semester which is the final one of the year. I will actually be getting a two week break from school at the end of the year, I believe. I still have yet to do my September project 200 pan update post. I will probably work on that one after this one. Anyway, Dean has been doing amazing with his therapy. He still isn’t talking and I still haven’t heard from the school. He is doing so well though. He just starting matching identical flash cards, so I am trying to buy him different flash cards to do the matching game with. He is super into firetrucks and I will have redone his room by now. You will be seeing a Dean room tour. Not sure if his closet will be done, but his room will be. He still has a bunch of junk in his closet. I think I will make his closet a separate post. I don’t think that I’ll get it done any time soon.

10/1/18 – Joyce

Assessment or Treatment Planning: adjusting number of trials, maintenance, most to least and least to most for programming.

10/3/18 – Ann

Dean sat well for all programs, increased independence with monkeys. List behaviors observed: mouth, flop, escape. Dean had a cold, runny nose. Sleep problems Monday but better now. Dean did great despite having stuffy, runny nose. Attended well to all toys. Several independent matches. Used PECS during snack.

10/3/18 – Deb

Dean did well today on programs. He still has his cold and a little cough. Dean did well on independently completing pop beads. He did well eating pudding with a spoon. He had great eye contact and pointing. List behaviors observed: mouthing.

10/3/18 – Joyce

Observed child eat apple off of core, child recovering from cold, first cold ever, child just woke up from nap, bcba to make dinner icons for pecs. Parents will begin to use pecs book for dinner. Parent showed good follow through. Parent trying new foods with child. Parent / caregiver participated during this session updated bcba on child’s recent illness.

10/4/18 – Ann

Sat well first hour, very active end of session. List behaviors observed: mouth, flop. Dean still has runny, stuffy nose. Did great with all programs first hour. More flopping and running second part of session. Linked three dinosaurs independently.

10/4/18 – Deb

Dean did great today on programs. We worked on requesting songs using the PECS. Dean also was imitating me on blowing. Dean did great sitting and transitioned well from break to play. Dean was attempting some words today and was more vocal this morning.

10/4/18 – Joyce

Explained to therapist program title for matching is identical 2D matching with everyday objects as it reflected the cards therapists were already using, explained songs are to be done with PECS each session so child is exposed to requesting items other than food. Grandparent shown song request with PECS.

10/5/18 – Ann

Dean was very active. List behaviors observed: mouth, flop. Dean was very active this morning. Silly and looking for tickles. Getting much more independently with linking dinosaurs and connecting links.

With Love,

Selena

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New In For Dean

So, Dean is going to be having a bunch of these posts, because Christmas and his birthday is right around the corner. He also has been escaping his crib. I had to make a big order for a bed, a gate to go around it for safety purposes, tv mount, cable wire covers, gate for the kitchen entry way, and a new mattress. I am just happy to be taking these pictures with a camera. I still have a few of my phone photos left over from the month or so without a camera. Now, I have a brand new phone that takes WAY better pictures, so if I am ever without a camera again, the quality won’t suffer as bad as this time. I am super excited about the holidays being around the corner! Having a child has brought back that Christmas magic to me.

Aren’t these little work boots adorable?! Dean needed a new pair of sneakers in the next size up and I thought since it was already getting colder out, he could get a boot version of a pair of sneakers. He has real winter boots from last year that I had bought a size up, so they are still good for this year. He just outgrew his size 5 and now has two pairs of size 6 boots. I am very strict with the amount of shoes that Dean has. Children are always growing, so I feel like two pairs are plenty until he can wear sandals, then three would be fine. He is a boy, so I don’t think he really cares what’s on his feet.

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With those growing feet of his, he needed new socks and I had to go to the men’s section to get them. That’s where they keep the little boy socks! These are toddler socks that fit sizes 4 1/2 to 8 1/2, so they should be good until he walks holes into them. He just graduated into a 6 recently, so these will wear out before he actually grows out of them. We are still using the infant socks on him, since they aren’t worn out and still easy to slip onto his foot. I’m happy not to buy socks for a long time, except for me. I’ve worn mine down to holes and currently have two pairs and a half…

YES! I bought Dean this Paw Patrol fire truck for Christmas. It goes 2 MPH and is so cute! I am currently charging it up. You have to charge it once a month to keep the battery full and after each use. It is worth it to be able to see him use it on Christmas morning! I am so excited to give it to him. I can imagine the smile on his face now. He is really into fire trucks at the moment and how could I resist this? He is going to love this motorized truck. It is mostly for indoors and during the summer on level dry ground.

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Dean has sensory seeking behavior, so he needs more toys that stimulates his senses. I thought this slime kit would be fun to make with him. It also has glitter which is a favorite of his. It has everything we need, so I hope that it comes out right. I thought he could help me mix everything together and watch it turn into slime. It will be a fun activity when we are housebound during my dad’s surgery. This is also a Christmas present, but it may be a birthday present.

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The last Christmas item for this post. I bought Dean the knock off of kinetic sand. I will still buy the real kinetic sand, but I thought I would try this out. If it is the same, then I would buy this one again, because it is so much cheaper than the real thing. I have been buying an item here and there every week to slowly build a good stash of Christmas and birthday presents. I can’t afford it all at once, but buying an item every week makes it really affordable. I started out thinking that this will be a small Christmas, but I think it will be a regular Christmas. He might not have the most expensive things, but he is loved and has tons of stuff to play with.

With Love,

Selena

Children, Lifestyle

Dean’s EI Week

I am having fun playing around with our new camera, which I will be hauling soon along with our new phones! Ah! I feel like I am buying a lot of new stuff lately, but I haven’t bought anything in forever and nothing was too expensive either. I know that my next big purchase will be Black Friday. I will do a VS order and a B&BW order as well. Then, my next big haul will be Christmas hauls. After Christmas, I’ll be updating my beauty collection and start my 19 in 2019 project pan. So many good stuff coming very soon. I will be updating you on the gifts that I am buying Dean for Christmas along the way. I won’t be doing blogmas, but I will try to do my very best at my own version. I hope you tune in during December for our own version. I will be off most of the month, besides school to take care of my dad recovering from foot surgery. I might be able to blog everyday, but I don’t want to guarantee that if it doesn’t happen.

9/17/18 – Speech

No words have been heard for a while. Lots of sounds. Dean was seen after ABA session. He sat for two puzzles and pointed to what he wanted. Modeled names of puzzle pieces and animal sounds. Dean made lots of sounds, pointed to what he wanted, smiled and made nice eye contact. Discussed school needs and what we are looking for. Specifically a 1 to 1 for Dean.

  • Continue to model words and sounds with books and puzzles.

9/19/18 – OT

Hannah reported Dean did well this am. He was very active but engaged. He did so well today. He was interactive. Loved the bean bucket and only tried putting in his mouth a few times. He sat in seat and chose which activity he wanted to play. Puzzles he did excellent with. He was able to independently string small 1/4″ animal beads. Spoon feeding he did great. Scooping and bring to mouth with minimal assistance.

  • Continue to work on spoon feeding. He is doing great!

Dean has been doing great with all of his therapies. He is currently getting over the tail end of his first cold. Yes, you heard that right. He didn’t get his first cold until almost three years old. Breastfeeding and a good diet is what did it, but that is my own personal opinion. I even feel healthier after breastfeeding and haven’t gotten sick nearly as much as before I breastfed Dean. I have gotten so many health benefits from breastfeeding that I cannot advocate enough for it. If you are able to, make the sacrifice for your child and yourself. If you aren’t able to, I am so sorry. I know how much you must be hurting. Keep your chin up. A well-fed baby is a happy baby and you did everything you could. Some women just can’t do it and that’s okay. I have a problem when women don’t even try for selfish reasons. All I ask is for any women to try as long as they can do that medically. I know some women can’t breastfeed, because of medication and that is fine too. Your mental health benefits the baby.

With Love,

Selena

Children, Lifestyle

Dean’s ABA Week

This is another long ABA week, but I see that the next ABA week will be a shorter post. On Tuesday of that week, he had a day off, because everyone was going through training, kinda like a development day for teachers. This week I have been able to work from home and it is glorious, I tell you. I love waking up early and getting some homework done. Then, I hope onto my work server and start my day. I’m able to change a diaper here and put a dish away there. I might be folding some laundry, while I’m waiting on the last few minutes before punching out for lunch. It’s great. I don’t have to pack a lunch or change out of my pajamas. I will be in for a shock when I can’t work from home as much or at all depending upon my future job. But I look forward to those surprise Dean run ins where he runs into my room and wants to say hi. It’s great to see your kid “at work” and being able to spend some time with him, even if it is just him playing with a puzzle at my feet while I’m working. I just love it.

9/24/18 – Joyce

Big Data Adjustments: set items moved, mastery changed, maintenance added.

9/24/18 – Ann

Dean was upset throughout session. Listed behaviors: flop, cry, one mouth. Dean was tired this afternoon. Crying with demands. A little better after eating, but pushing preferred foods and bottle away. Great doing several pieces of potato head on his own.

9/24/18 – Joyce

​​Big Data Adjustments: set items moved, mastery changed, maintenance added​.

Suggestions/recommendations/Training Senior Behavior Analyst

9/25/18 – Ann

Dean was very active, increased mouthing. List behaviors observed: mouth, flop. Dean was very active this morning. Tried some new puzzles. Interested but needed prompts to complete. Had pudding at snack so worked on spoon use. Able to do all the motions but needed help to get scoop of pudding on spoon.

9/25/18 – Deb

Dean did great today. He had a lot of energy. He maintained great eye contact and did great with pointing. We worked on sitting while drinking. Dean independently matched one picture. List behaviors observed: mouthing

9/26/18 – Ann

Sat for longer durations, flop when demands were placed. List behaviors observed: mouth, flop. Dean sat for longer durations than yesterday. Some flipping when demands were placed. Did great eating an apple. Doing well with new puzzles.

9/26/18 – Stefanie

Analyzed data Reviewed all targets to increase, determined which targets were mastered and needed to move to maintenance and which targets needed to be trained most-least, reviewed behaviors to decrease, reviewed all programs to determine which ones needed to be individualized. Assessment or Treatment Planning: went over phase adding phase lines to targets, and revised programs with Joyce

9/26/18 – Deb

Dean did well today. He came and Sat down for toys. He did well matching 3 pictures independently. Dean did well on programs Implemented. We worked on sitting while drinking. Dean had fun jumping on the trampoline. List behaviors observed: mouthing

9/26/18 – Joyce

​Big Data: adjusting targets, distribution, number of staff, number of trials etc.

9/27/18 – Ann

Good attending, eye contact. List behaviors observed: mouth, flop. Dean had a great morning. Sat well for toy play. Seeing increased independence with matching. Did well find toy pieces that he needed when placed at a distance from him.

9/27/18 – Deb

Dean did great today on programs. Went over programs with Joyce and started Dean on matching shapes. He did great matching pictures independently. Also worked on Dean choosing songs from the PECS books and requesting. He had great eye contact today. List behaviors observed: mouthing and escaping

9/27/18 – Joyce

Other – Describe: had staff do matching, asked to see identical snap matching, reminded staff to be sure exchange happens when using pecs, modeled for staff page turn of orcs book, showed staff how to begin man’s for songs so that Dean is not only using p ecsbooks for food. Other – Describe: grandparent observed mand for songs

9/28/18 – Ann

Good eye contact, sat well for activities, short attention span last half hour of session. List behaviors observed: mouth, flop, escape. Dean matched 4 different pictures independently. Completed lots of activities first hour, but shorter attention and more active end of session.

9/28/18 – Deb

Dean did great today, he had a lot is energy. Dean independently placed 5 pop beads together after waiting him out a little, placing the potato head arms in and signing ” all done” before getting up. He did great matching objects independently for some trials. He had great eye contact and pointing today. List behaviors observed: mouthing and aggression

With Love,

Selena

Children, My Life

Dean’s EI Week

Life has been good so far. I’m still waiting to hear if I got the job. The decision was extended by two more weeks. Fingers crossed that I still get the job! If I don’t, I probably won’t bid on anything until after the New Year when my dad has healed from his surgery. Whatever will be, will be. I have bought a camera, so my picture quality for all the new pictures will be back to more professional standards. I also bought a new phone that I will be showing on my blog once I receive it. I ordered it online and got free 1 to 3 day shipping that I have to sign for. I’m hoping the picture quality will be better. I needed a new phone that I could store music on, since my IPOD touch is an inch away from certain death. I also needed a newer phone with a newer software, so I can download the Influenster, Audible, Walmart Pay, and my Brightspace apps. I’m excited to share that purchase with all of you and it wasn’t that much money either.

9/10/18 – Speech

Using snack pictures well. Lots of sounds. Point has come back. Pointing to pictures for adult to identify. More independent play with toys. Dean was seen at home with mom and Ann from HMEA for a transition meeting. School was invited, but did not show. Hannah still waiting on letter from school acknowledging the referral. Discussed ABA and 1 on 1 needed at school, ABA at home, 4 days (work up to) for socialization, speech, OT services.

  • Contact school to check on referral.
  • Continue to use pictures for choices and label (repeat, repeat, repeat.

9/12/18 – OT

Hannah reported TPC did not happen yet with school and the family has not yet heard from the district. Dean went to the dentist and had an excellent visit.  He has all of his teeth including molars. Dentist commented that his eye contact was good. Dean did excellent today. He sat on balance disc to do 3 consecutive activities. He did some free play with climbing onto box and “falling” off with excellent eye contact and general interaction skills. He strung all of the smaller animal beads! He was swung at the end using picture consistently to request play/swing.

  • Try to use pictures more frequently when playing/eating. He has done so well with them.

Also, if Dean’s speech therapist thinks that I am letting him go to school 4 days a week this soon, she has another thing coming. I only said that I would try 1 half day next year.

With Love,

Selena

Children, Lifestyle, My Life

Dean’s ABA

So, I have been toying with the idea of sharing songs that I have been enjoying lately. I am really into obscure bands and dark music lately. I am been listening to a lot of Starset and I love those guys! Anyways, Dean has been battling a cold. Can you believe that this isn’t a predone post? I’ve been so busy with school that I lost track of my posts and now I have to catch up on writing them. I have been keeping super busy with school and taking care of Dean that I haven’t had much time for my blog. I’m ready for a break from school but that ain’t coming for another 12 weeks. Dean has been making great strides in therapy and I couldn’t be happier. The more time goes on, I can’t help but think what if he stays a child forever? Is that really a bad thing? I don’t think it is and he opens up my eyes to something new everyday that I didn’t see before.

9/17/18 – Ann

Dean was very active to start, but then became more focused and stay longer to play. List behaviors observed: mouth, flop, escape. Dean did well with programs. Started to track escape behavior. Put in 3 pieces of number puzzle independently. Pointing and eye contact were good.

9/17/18 – Joyce

​Generated icons for songs for communication, food items, interactive file games for communication

9/18/18 – Ann

Rough start, much better after first half hour. List behaviors observed:mouth, flop, escape. Dean had a hard time at first with so many people here. Did well after a short time and had a typical session. Great getting more of number puzzle independently.

9/18/18 – Joyce

Discussed programs with family member/therapist/other personnel Discussed big data programs, remove escape tally, anything new set at most to least, check to see what happened to gross motor, print pictures for first then, need generic toy icon, need to add matching to big data. Other – Describe: additional supervisor observing  BCBA provided interactive song icons and two  interactive song boards, frogs and bus.  Child performed well, 3 staff today, required redirection for escape attempts

9/18/18 – Stephanie

Discussed programs with family member/therapist/other personnel: discussed programs and changes needed with Joyce , discussed mouthing and eating of books family has removed them unless he is supervised, making nice progress with pecs. Other – Describe: discussed mikes concerns around school.  EI told the family that Dean has to go to school 4 days.  The family doesn’t feel as though he is ready for that.  Discussed the benefits of school such as being with other kids, waiting, sharing, learning routines etc.  discussed that home Aba could continue but we would be a replacement for school.  Discussed what support he may need and using the evaluation period to go and see the program and what it would look like beige making any decisions

9/18/18 – Deb

Dean did well today. We tried introduced new songs Implemented for him to dance too.  He did well on programs, continues to have great pointing and she contact. We worked on sitting to drink. Attempted to say “hi”, “yay” and “yeah”. List behaviors observed: mouthing and flopping

9/18/18 – Joyce

Modeled programs modeled wheels on the bus with board, modeled exposing to freeze dance. Provided feedback to therapist/family member/other personnel told therapist to keep reading Spot flap book, so not terminate. Other – Describe: instructed therapist to begin exposing to songs like freeze dance and wheels on the bus, therapist noted child stacking 4 blocks, child made approximations that sounded like yay, hi, and yeah, child  smiling , active, attempting to gain eye contact from staff. Other – Describe: Therapist asked questions, asked how many blocks to stack, how many beads to string

9/19/18 – Ann

Did well most of session, fussy last 20 minutes. List behaviors observed:mouth, flop, escape. Dean did well with programs. Began matching identical pictures. Good job making choices with pictures at snack. Hard time at end of session.

9/19/18 – Joyce

Assessment or Treatment Planning
Created Close-ended toy play maintenance program, reactivated gmi program, child could use minimal one additional set of 2D matching cards, moved matching out of distributed trials, mass trials to start

9/19/18 – Deb

Dean did well today. He had great eye contact and attempted to say “yes”. He did great with puzzles today. Dean Sat well during the session. List behaviors observed: mouthing and flopping

9/20/18 – Ann

Sat for longer duration. List behaviors observed: mouth, flop. Dean did well this morning. Continued with new matching program, very interested in the cards. Had fun playing in tunnel. Less protesting with non-preferred toys.

9/20/18 – Deb

Dean did great today. He had lots of new sounds today, very vocal. Did great on pointing and eye contact. I started matching pictures with Dean today. List behaviors observed: mouthing

9/21/18 – Ann

Sat for brief durations, choosing preferred toys. List behaviors observed: mouth, flop. Dean sat for.shorter times than usual. Did better when given choices between activities. Very little mouthing.

9/21/18 – Deb

Dean did great today. He sat well for programs. Dean did well on maintenance today. Dean enjoyed singing he itsy bitsy spider and row row boat. Dean made an attempt at saying “eye” and “arm” while putting the potato head. List behaviors observed: mouthing and flopping

9/21/18 – Joyce

Recommended adjustments made per Regional Director

renaming titles, adjusting domains, changing mass to distributed

created Maintenance Imitation Action with Object (in progress, need to identify mastered items)

With Love,

Selena

Children, Lifestyle

Dean’s EI Week

I have just put Dean down for a nap and I bought a bunch of Christmas presents at Walmart today. I am very happy with my purchases. I am hoping to get the job as Product Analyst, so I can hopefully buy Dean a refurbished Ipad to play ABC Mouse on. I would also like an Iphone 6, since I haven’t had a new phone in forever and my Ipod touch is on its way out. I’m also hoping that with this new job that I’ll be able to buy a house this year if I see one that I like that fits us as a family. My dad is having foot surgery in December, so if the job happens and we do find a house, I will probably hire a moving company to move us out of this place and into the new place. It’ll be a pretty penny, but there would be no other choice.

9/5/18 – OT

Dean’s eye was cellulitis from a bug bite. He is still on antibiotics but he is also getting a probiotic. Dean did great today. He sat on balance disc to complete several puzzles followed by deep pressure tickles. He also sat in booster seat, when given a choice of two items, he scanned and pointed to desired item. He also signed all done spontaneously several times. HE strung smaller beads onto string independently. He did well with scanning pictures to choose which snack he wanted.

  • Continue to use pictures for identifying choices.
  • Deep pressure squeezes when agitated.

9/16/18 – Speech

Cellulitis on face being treated with Amox. Dean was seen for a visit with Mike. He made lots of nice eye contact and moved his arms to get us out of way. Dean vocalized a lot and needed to move a lot.

I have my fingers crossed for this job. I finally would be paid what I am worth. When I graduate college, I can get an even better paying job as a Data Analyst and then with some experience, I can move on to be a Statistician. Who knows? I might decide to stay on as a Data Analyst, because there are higher tiers within it. I just want to live a comfortable life with a job that I enjoy doing. Then, if I meet a man, it’s cool and if not, I can support my family myself.

With Love,

Selena