Saturday, August 9, 2014

Week Five of ABA therapy

Andy has been going to therapy for five hours a day, for five weeks now. I am still feeling that this is too long of a day for him. If I arrive 30 minutes early, I find that he is falling asleep. I feel that if he is too tired to work, we should just call it a day. They feel that he should tough it out. I don't see the point.

I expressed wanting to pick him up an hour early from now on, but it was just blown off. I think I am going to start doing this at least twice a week. When I see him putting his head down on the table, I think it would be fine to just let him go home.

They are working on trying to get Andy to point at what he wants, and to put his hand on a toy car and move it back and forth per their request. They say, "do this", and show him their hand moving the car back and forth. Then they pause to let him do it. If he doesn't, they then prompt him by putting their hand on his hand and having him touch the car.

When Andy's kindergarten starts, I don't think I am going to have him try a full day there. I think this is too long of a stretch for him. I think when Andy gets all the stimulation, and physical demands, he gets very worn out. Then I am left with an overtired and extremely cranky kid. Either that, or they should let him lay down for a nap when he shows he's really tired. In kindergarten, they will let him nap. At therapy, I understand that they don't want him sleeping, so I'd rather them call me to come get him.

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