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.

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