Wednesday, February 3, 2010

IEP, DTT, ABA, WHEW!

Well, we survived yet another IEP. After researching ABA, DTT, reading another Temple Grandin book, reading polymicrogyria journal articles, printing out IEP suggestions, crossing our fingers and praying, it is over. As such, it went fine. Although those meetings are not as much fun as going to our daughter's Parent-Teacher conferences, this one was pretty decent by most standards. We are fortunate that most of the people involved this time "get him," so we don't have to waste a bunch of time telling them all the things he can do, because he has already shown them what he can do.

We are still working hard on making the Proloquo2go work for Mas. We really want it to be his primary device, but I'm not sure if that will happen or not. It may be too early to tell. He is a little shy about using it, but we brainstormed some options yesterday that may make him more apt to try it out. Somehow, he keeps bringing it back to the opening screen, so someone has to come over to him and push the owl button to get back to his grid with his words on it. That is kind of a problem that we have to work out. He is also setting his finger down too long on the buttons, and then it will try to scroll, but will not speak the word. Lastly, there is no "click" sound on this device when he pushes the button, so that will be something he has to overcome. I consider these all to be minor problems, though...just a matter of teaching him how to get past that.

It is amazing technology, when you think about it, that is available for Mas. I am reading a Helen Keller book and also another Temple Grandin book right now, and it makes me wonder what it must have been like to be mute 50 years ago. I can't imagine Mas never having his speech device. What if he had never gotten one? The parents back in the day must have really been up against it, to deal with their child while having absolutely no idea what the child was thinking or feeling. I say, hats off to them for surviving it. I suppose that's why so many children like Mas ended up being placed in institutions back then, as I would think the tantrums and frustration levels were really high if there was absolutely no way to communicate. Makes us appreciate the fact that we have the technology that we do.


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