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Reged: 06/08/06
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Re: Ooops, sorry
      06/20/06 01:48 PM

Wow, that was my son a year ago. Even down to the gravitating to the younger kids.

Connor is now 5.5, and has had a burst of language recently due to a combined dual point intervention: A strictly structured Special Day Class for 3 hours a day after his Regular Preschool Class for 3 hours a day. He thrives in a highly structured envrionment, we have found. The other prong of the interventions is a Biomedical attack. We recently found a DAN! Doctor in our area who set us on the path of the DAN! protocol: Stepwise addition of A Megavitamin (Lee Silsby Powder), Mg/B6, Trimethylglycine, and the kicker: Methyl-B12 injections. I cant say whether which intervention helped more in his sudden language burst, but he has had a significant one. I lean towards the Biomedical, but thats probably because I am a Biologist by education.

Before those interventions (and where you are currently) we were just falling back to continuous and consistent ABA principles for behavior modification. ex: Prompting him to use "All His Words", Modeling the proper request, and "partying" when he did it right. (We dont always give candy as a preferred item, I have seen too many rotted teeth from constant candying.) Oftentimes, a big proprioceptic hug (pick him up and swing him while bear hugging him) works wonders for Connor as a reward.

As krnewman mentioned, we used some signs early on to help him generalize the concept of communication. We received a snippet of advice when we first received his diagnosis that was pretty key: Whenever he communicates (in any fashion) have a party. He needs to learn that when he communicates, that is a GOOD THING. In the beginning, we made a huge deal out of any communication, and it grew. Sometimes slowly, sometimes in bursts, but it did grow.

And for the echolocalia, we would make sure he was paying attention, and ask him two to three times, switching the final choice, and offering the choices visually at the same time. Ex: Juice or water? Water or Juice? We would often stick the preferred drink on the front side of the choices, so that if he was just echoing, he would miss out on the preferred, and then stick to the choice he made. Sometimes we got a little tantrum when he was thinking Juice, but echoed Water, but thems the breaks.

As for Pottying, at 5.5 yrs we are still working towards 100% no accident days. We had an interesting time even getting him to sit on the potty to go. We got a "Princess and the Potty" Book, and read it several times during the day. We pushed through getting on the potty by filling him up with Juice, then putting him on the potty, and reading the potty book, then continuing to fill him up with juice. We could tell he had to go so bad, but he just refused. Finally, I got him with the old "first person asleep at the sleepover" trick: Hand in Warm Water. He couldnt hold it anymore, and just went. After that, we had a BIG Party, with Musical instruments, Candy, and lots of attention. ... It has gotten much easier since.

We had a really good aide through our local Regional Center (California Specific Agency) who came and helped us with scheduling and reminders and a "book". I should try and scan it, it is remarkable. It is a laminated 2x2 flipbook, with pages describing the potty process. We now read that one several times a day. We also set up a potty chart, which is just a cardboard sheet with three commodes and a reward square on it. Each commode has a velcro sticky on it, and he has numbers 1,2,and3 and a set of rewards (computer, special snack, candy, etc.)with the other half of the velcro. Before we started, he chose the goal, be it computer time, candy, whathaveyou. Whenever he went potty, he got to put a number up. After the third number, he got to cash out and received the pre-chosen reward. We started with just going potty, with prompting, then moved to without prompting, then going and having pants stay dry/clean, each time building on generalized knowledge. As I said, we are still working on 100% accident free days.

ok, enough from me, let's let someone else share.


p.s: At least in our son, we have always seen minor regression right before a (physical or mental) growth spurt. We now dont stress if he doesnt do what he has already mastered, we just look forward to the breakthrough.

Edited by Jarrett (06/20/06 01:52 PM)

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* real communication, ever?? agrif3 06/19/06 10:25 PM
. * * Re: real communication, ever?? luvnit   10/17/07 12:56 PM
. * * Re: real communication, ever?? lag   06/21/06 05:57 PM
. * * Re: real communication, ever?? agrif3   06/25/06 01:14 PM
. * * Re: real communication, ever?? sashasmom   06/28/06 08:07 PM
. * * Re: real communication, ever?? karin   10/11/06 05:25 AM
. * * Re: real communication, ever?? Annette   06/29/06 07:16 PM
. * * Re: real communication, ever?? Anonymous   06/20/06 01:50 AM
. * * Ooops, sorry Anonymous   06/20/06 01:53 AM
. * * Re: Ooops, sorry Jarrett   06/20/06 01:48 PM
. * * Brief regressions Anonymous   06/20/06 06:54 PM

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