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Sun, Feb. 10th, 2013, 01:35 pm
tgrapp: Problems with going to bed.

My son, 3.3, recently realized that he can easily jump out of his bed, in which he has slept since he was a baby. Nothing helps. He just runs out of his room with an impish laugh. In order for him to go to sleep, I have to lock myself with him in our bedroom. He can go on like an energizer bunny till 12am. It's been more than two weeks. He gets, together with the day sleep at daycare, 8hrs sleep on average

At first I thought it's a stage. Like a power surge - realizing that he's big and can do whatever he wants. I thought it will pass. It hasn't. I've tried hot bathes, massages, tea with chamomile and verbena, and even kid drops with Valerian root and passion fruit. None of that helps. 

He doesn't really talk, but he seems to understand a lot. He has just started using PECS. I can't seem to find a way to explain to him, that nighttime means he has to go to bed. Has someone here succeeded to do that with a kid on a spectrum? What words, pictures, movies, etc have you used? Maybe there are good ABA methods or ideas for that?

Looking forward to sleeping ))

Thu, Jan. 3rd, 2013, 11:37 am
tgrapp: moving back to US with a spectrum three-year-old....Where to start?

Hello everyone,

I don't really know even how to start this post....  I've been living outside of US for the past several years.  My son, who turned 3 in September, has been diagnosed this August.  I am planning right now a move back to Pennsylvania, where I grew up and where my parents and most of my family live.  The main reason is that I want my son to have grandpa and grandma in his everyday life.  They are very warm, loving, and giving people, and they get through to him.  I want my son to get the maximum intervention at this crucial age.

He is now in specialized daycare and also works with an SLP at home twice a week.  There are also some pension and disability money and discounts on specialists.

Where do I start with all that in US?  Are there kinder-gardens that are covered by some government plan?  Are there private kinder-gardens for kids on the spectrum? Is there money allotted and from which agencies?  How are SLP, motor skills and other specialists covered?  Is there a page (or pages)  that has all the relevant links and information that I  should look at?

I will appreciate any comment and any information.

Thank You

Wed, Jul. 6th, 2011, 10:31 pm
prophetstar: (no subject)

Hi all,
This is another piece of writing I've been working on. I just finished working with a little girl as a one on one, and I've been working in her classroom since February. I actually was subbing in the classroom in November-December and was later hired to work with her, so I've been there for a while. I found out at the end of the year that she was leaving, and I also found out I'd be taking a 6 month leave in the Fall. I've been working on this since the last day, not just for her, but for the other children that I grew close to, mostly in her class. All 6 students are 3-5 and have been diagnosed with Autism.
This is untitled, and it's most likely unfinished.

Hey there little one

I keep telling myself that today was an “I’ll see you later” and not a goodbye,

But I can’t stop thinking of you, so I’m writing this one for you, and for the

ones you learned with every day.

Remember not to take what people say to heart

It’s a lesson I try to repeat to myself every day,

But maybe if you hear it when you are this young, it’ll stick somehow.

You are so precious, and if nothing else, you have changed me and my life for the better.

When there are stares, look straight in front of you, and know I’m thinking of you with love.

Because I have known you, I have been changed for good.

Find the ones that you can trust, and grip their hand as you do mine.

Hold tight, leaving imprints if necessary, for they will guide you and help you let go.

Follow your heart. It’s something that needs no words.

Remember that you have a gift, whether others choose to see it or not.

There will be those that choose to understand you and those that choose not to.

Don’t ever lose your excitement for learning new things

or your determination to be understood.

Hey there Little One, remember it’s not goodbye.

I love you.

Thu, Sep. 23rd, 2010, 10:42 pm
e_moon60: Stimming

"Stimming" is  a term used for repetitive behaviors that are common in situations when people are bored or otherwise stressed. It's also found in animals: a lion pacing back and forth in a cage, a horse gnawing on a fence post, etc.

These behaviors are self-stimulating (hence "stim" and "stimming") and soothing to the individual.  That is because our brains and bodies "need" to be busy.   It's hard to do nothing (literally nothing--sit still, stand still)  so we do something, which eases the stress of "hold still!" and may also feel good on its own.  Rhythmic repetitive motion (like rocking in a chair or swing) satisfies the body's desire for predictability (back and forth) and change. Read more...Collapse )

Fri, Jan. 8th, 2010, 09:53 pm
amy_in_pdx: Reading Suggestions

Hi there! I want to be a special ed teacher but my life hit a couple bumps in the past few years so my education has been put on hold. While I'm putting my life back together, I'd like to continue learning about the art of teaching.
What are some good books to read?
What subjects would be good for me to look into?

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

[x-posted on teaching  and teaching_sp_ed ]

Tue, Dec. 8th, 2009, 08:06 pm
dragynflies: (no subject)

I was wondering if anyone has some experience toilet training an older child. In this case, my client is 14. I am looking for suggestions in order to try a few different things with him -- right now he is on a 40 minute toileting schedule, and receives both edible and token reinforcers for having dry pants. The only punishers in effect are that if he's dry, he receives help redressing and if he is wet, he does not receive help. His bladder retention appears to be improving but I'd love suggestions or experiences that might help move this along a little more quickly. Furthermore, if anyone is familiar with any studies examining ways to increase bladder retention, I would very much appreciate a reference.

Thanks in advance!

Sun, Aug. 30th, 2009, 03:25 pm
prophetstar: (no subject)

Hello All,
I am 22 and working on attaining a degree in Early Childhood Special Education.
I've been involved in teaching these amazing children for quite a while, and
I'm joining this community in search of some inspiration, just some motivation
to get me through these 2.5 years of school.

Message me or friend me if you want more information!

Tue, Jul. 7th, 2009, 08:41 pm
vintagegirlnh: I know this is a community for teachers but...

I am trying to gain information on the School Psychology field. If this is completely inappropriate let me know and I'll delete asap. I posted in the Psych. community but the answers were limited so I'm hoping someone here may have some info. or can point me into the right direction. One program I'm contemplating (National University) is not NASP (National Association for School Psychologists) approved. It is accredited but is lacking this approval. I would be working in California, does anyone know how "bad" that is? Thanks for any help you can give me! I appreciate it!

Mon, May. 25th, 2009, 05:16 pm
faerykat: ABA teacher looking for new direction

Hi all,

I've been a long-time lurker here and I generally read and respond to entries without posting my own, but I thought maybe the wonderful people here could help me. I'm currently a teacher in an ABA school but I'm looking to change paths a bit, having concluded that managing a classroom and working 1:1 with students at the same time isn't really something I'm enjoying. I'm looking for some new options now. Some things I'm considering are early intervention, home-based programming, and clinical settings. I'm also looking for positions that might include advocacy for the ASD population, writing, or training of staff. My difficulty is that I've always been focused on the classroom teaching environment and so I don't really know what other options there are. For the sake of specificity, here's a little bit about me and my experience (without just parroting my resume!):

-I'm 25 years old and live in New York City
-I've been involved in the field for about 5 years now
-I have a Master's Degree in ABA and teaching certification
-I've worked with kids on the spectrum ages 3-13
-I'm very interested in getting involved in EI or preschool
-I'm also interested in doing some work with adults
-I've done research in the past, as part of my graduate work

Can anyone make any suggestions to me about arenas I might want to explore? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


(x-posted to autism, teaching_autism, and teaching_sp_ed)

Tue, Apr. 28th, 2009, 01:18 pm
autismblog: Ten things you can do as a parent to improve your child's behavioral program

I just posted a meta on my journal and thought that I'd share.

Disclaimer: This is not a comprehensive list of everything you can do. This is a list of helpful hints that I've put together based on my own experience with my autistic child having ABA/behavioral programs for the past 5 years. It also incorporates input from other parents and Behavior Therapists and Case Managers that I've met and/or worked with over this journey. As you well know, autism is a spectrum disorder, and the variation of deficits and needs is different and veritably unique for each child, so the most important things for your child will vary. These are simply things to consider.

I really wanted to make sure I got this up before the end of Autism Awareness Month. So here it is. I hope it helps. Please feel free to add your own ideas and suggestions in the comments.

Ten things you can do as a parent to improve your child's behavioral program

x-posted to autism

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