Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BCBA'a & Behavior Plan's....

This past school year was the most difficult we have had and now that its been a few weeks that school has been out I can put my thoughts together a little more clearly.

I will be the first to admit that my son is NOT easy, in any way, shape or form!  He is willful / (preemie) stubborn, persistant and can wear you down within seconds of meeting him.
He has always had quirky behaviors here and there, but they are managable,  his newest behavior which he seems to be stuck on is kicking "tap" his teacher and may sometimes even toss out a few profanities here and there.

The School decided to  implement a new behavior plan, as mentioned in a September post on Anxiety and Behaviors , part of the plan consisted 30 minute time outs in a room alone. 

Now, I'm not behaviorist but for a child with an anxiety disorder wouldn't it create more anxiety and MORE behaviors?  By the end of the year it was clear to me, this child was not the same child I dropped off at the start of the school year.

I was assured the behavior plan "WAS working" and it was even suggested that time outs should be increased!!... However, my mummy tummy,  knew it "was'nt " and after a full Children's Hospital Developmental workup it was clear, the plan was working against him.

At one of our, many "team" meeting this year, it was suggested by upper administration that we have and outside consult. I jumped at the idea of course.

I had heard of ABA therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis) and BCBA's (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) but never quite looked into it.

There is still alot to learn about it but what little I do know about it, I can say that it will definatley be a good fit for us to adress many issues in home and school.  Due regressions this past year have signed my son up for camp this summer overseen by BCBA's.

It's been a rough year and its a known fact that not every year is going to be perfect but we all learned a lot.

Lastly, I wanted to give a shout out to the BCBA, behaviorbabe who evaluated my son and I highly recommend that you check out her website.  There is so much information on her sight that you or your child's teacher can benefit from.

Thank you behaviorbabe  for helping us figure things out.  Here is to a more successful year.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Review: The importance of breast milk for premature babies...

It is a well known fact that breast feeding is the best thing you can do for your baby. 

Its a known that breast milk contains white blood cells, antibodies and other valuable immune properties that may help a premature baby resist infection. Recent studies have shown that breast milk may improve the neurological development of premature infants.

If your situation was anything like mine was and you were too sick to breast feed. 

Check out this new amazing new product,  new human milk fortifeir called  Prolacta its made of human breast milk, then discuss it with your team to see if its a good fit for you baby....

Below is a brief overview of the product.

Nutrition is one of the top concerns in the NICU. Breast milk provides important energy that infants need, along with DHA and ARA fatty acids that aid in the development of the baby's brain and eyes. Human milk is also essential in the formation of a healthy immune system. Unfortunately, micro preemies often need more than just their mother's milk to thrive. In these cases, doctors will sometimes prescribe a human milk fortifier to be added to breast milk to help meet the infant's special nutritional needs. This allows for greater caloric and
nutrient density, without adding high volume since these babies' stomachs are so tiny. 

Prolacta Bioscience® collects excess breast milk from mothers who donate through affiliated milk banks and processes it into the first and only commercially available breast milk fortifier made from 100% human milk (rather than cow milk) for critically ill, premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that all infants be fed human milk, and that micro preemies be given breast milk fortified with protein, minerals, and vitamins.1 Another
benefit of breast milk for preemies is the reduced risk of developing dangerous infections. In 2010, a clinical study found that infants weighing 2 lbs 12oz at birth or less, who were fed an exclusively human milk diet including Prolact+ H

MF, had a 77% reduction in the odds of developing an often fatal intestinal disease called Necrotizing Enterocolitis when compared to those fed cow milk based fortifiers or preterm infant formula.

1 American Academy of Pediatrics. Breastfeeding and the Use ofHuman Milk. Section on Breastfeeding.
[originally published online February 27, 2012]. Pediatrics. DOI:10.1542/peds.2011-3552
2 Sullivan S, Schanler RJ, Kim JH et al. An exclusively human milk-based diet is associated with a lower rate of necrotizing enterocolitis than a diet of human milk and bovine milk based products. J Pediatr. 2009:156(4):562-567.