Thursday, June 25, 2009

Apraxia Update, or: The Summer with Apraxia Challenge

Yesterday was an Apraxia Triple Challenge Adventure.

Can you hear the cheering? That was for me, for making it through the day.

Bubbles is not adjusting well to his reduction in speech therapy hours from three/per week to one/per week. He is going through this awesome fun phase anyway, I call it the TRP: Transition Resistance Program. He says 'I don't want to' to almost anything at all, but once we get there he is fine. So I just nod and affirm that his protests are heard, but of course I continue with the original goal.
"You don't want to go potty, yes I know. Do you need help with your shorts?"
"You don't want to go to the store. Please hold my hand in the parking lot."
"You don't want to go to speech therapy. Let's go see what Guru has to play with today!"

My formula is pretty much: TRP + acknowledge + ignore = results.

Yesterday I got out 'The Box' of speech therapy tools and Bubbles went instantly into FULL FORCE TRP mode. Tantrums were thrown in for good measure.
I remained calm. I repeated myself. I stuck to the program.
Tantrums escalated. Things were thrown (by him).
Forty five minutes into it, we had made no progress.

I went into ABA mode. I had no more tricks left but ABA.

I like to think of ABA as outsmarting my very smart kid into doing something he is resisting, with a positive result. (Whatever works for you, right?)

It worked. I don't know that I am going to be able to spend three hours trying to get him to do one hour of speech program every single day (did I mention that I am also in school?), but at least I was smarter than a three year old yesterday.

Thank you, Squid, for the awesome new toy which broke the evil spell and brought me compliance. (Also, as my old friend pointed out, praise to the tried and true, never-gets-old toy, the fabulous Tickle Bee!)


Just Breathe said...

I want to say that you are really strong. Handling children is hard work and yours is even harder. Give yourself a pat on the back!

Leslie said...

You are an absolutely wonderful and strong mother. I am in awe of you (and my daughter is 37 years old and doing well now, thank you).

We do what we must and pray for the strength we need. Sending you hugs and stamina!

Mama Deb said...

I don't believe it for a minute...he's too cute to throw tantrums :)

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