Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

It sounds like a great idea. Would he do well pushing through school break to school break? I suppose he already does that instinctively! But if there were a PRIZE! Do his teachers offer him incentives? They should be helping him mark time and rewarding homework efforts. Please tell me this is happening at school, this should not all be on YOU.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

His teachers do offer him incentives, it's just the concept of how to get there often is difficult for him...


mouse's picture mouse

It can help so much to have a visual reminder. I've made a social story each time I've gone out of town on my own and included a calendar in it for that specific trip. It helps him a lot.

We still don't have a visual schedule in place at school or even at home, and I know we ought to figure that out. It's one of those things that was done a lot more when he was young, but has sort of fallen out of use. Time to revisit!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

We're revisiting visual schedules, too. L.'s doctor just recommended implementing the Incredible 5-Point scale

http://www.5pointscale.com/other_projects_article_5-point_scale.htm

to help L. deal with his emotional extremes, and with how he can talk about his feelings at home before they get too out of control.


mouse's picture mouse

I've seen some stuff on the 5-point scale (via my district's autism workshops and then it's popped up here and there since). We started doing it for Scooter and his voice volume and have every intention of expanding its use. Another thing that hasn't received due diligence...

Maybe once the baby finds something of a sleep schedule...


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know what you mean--it takes quite a bit of time to implement all the strategies, even the ones that seem simple and intuitive...