We had our monthly ABA team meeting yesterday. R.’s teacher wanted to come with us, so we picked them up at school. R. seemed to want to show me around the room, she kept bringing me over to different things.
She brought me over to the toy area, pulled out a play phone and held it up to my ear. I think this is quite amazing because I’ve been trying to figure out how to teach her about the telephone. Every time I call someone and get them to talk to her she looks at the phone as if it should have a screen, and usually hands it back.
The temporary classroom is smaller than their other room, there is no sink or bathroom. The teacher said that they started taking the kids to the cafeteria for lunch and it is going really well.
The supervisor and one of the therapists were out sick, and the behaviorist had not seen the new IEP (yet to be signed, because I just got the final copy today.). So there were a lot of things that did not get covered, but it was good to have the teacher’s input.
We talked even more about the manding progam, and moving beyond the word want and noun, to play, drink eat and more specific verbs. It seemed to me like we were worrying the same bone as last month. But the teacher and behaviorist were able to talk about the reasoning in detail, and I think that helped everyone. The behaviorist wanted to make sure that enough time had been spent on one word mands, in case R. was thinking two word mands are just one long word. She had the teacher and I list words we hear spontaneously, and thought there were enough to proceed.
The behaviorist said she observed during recess recently. R. was playing a drum with some other girls (in the gen-ed glass) She saw the behaviorist and approached her, obviously recognizing her and showed her the drum.
The teacher said that she is teaching R. to tap her on the shoulder and say her name instead of tugging on her hand when they are seated together. I saw this in action several times, R. tapped the teacher on the shoulder and said her name!