- having him participate in longer peer-to-peer sessions
- not allowing him to use items non-functionally during choice time (ex. if he gets out the Legos he would stack two or three on top of one another and let them fall for the entire time. I do not allow him to do this, rather, we work on using the toy for their true purposes)
- increasing the amount of participation I ask of him during group activities (such as answering more questions about our topic, remaining seated longer to complete more assignments)
- extending the amount of time we are at work centers
- have him sit on the toilet to try a BM during bathroom trips
- increasing time he spends in 4th grade class
Friday, April 4, 2014
Expecting Too Much?
Dominic's teacher (Mr. P) and I have spent this week trying to determine the cause of some of Dominic's recent avoidance behaviors. I was beginning to feel like Sherlock Holmes trying to solve a big mystery. I was wondering if it had something to do with Ritalin, so I asked Mr. P to track his behavior and see if there was any correlation. There really didn't seem to be. When you have a special needs child, they are constantly a "work in progress." All children kind of are, aren't they? Do we ever reach a point with our kids when we say, "okay, I'm done!" Not really :) We've certainly had our ups and downs with the potty training, but Dominic seems to be doing awesome in that area recently, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed! It's good to push Dominic, but at the same time I was wondering if maybe we were expecting too much from him. Mr. P and I exchanged e-mails and had some conversations on the phone. One of my questions was if any new things had been added or changed in his routine. This is what he told me:
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