Saturday, August 6, 2011

Wow, it's working!

Well, we started using the tickets today. I was really expecting a lot of pushback when we limited Michael's computer time. But, he really surprised me by asking me what he could do to earn extra tickets! It was great.

One thing that we did was try to teach him how to vacuum. I never realized how much motor planning there is in such a 'simple' job. I think he's going to get it, but it's painful to watch. I know he learns his own way, so I don't want to step in too much. But wow.. it's hard. On the plus side, he was great at carrying the chairs in and out of the kitchen. His OT likes him doing heavy work, and this definitely counted!

My favorite moment of the night was right before bedtime. He had two ticket left, and he wanted to use both of them before bed. He was most of the way through the first half hour on the computer when he turned around and asked if he could change his mind and save the other ticket for tomorrow. It was so sweet! Of course we let him, and now he has a ticket to look forward to in the morning.

I think I'm going to like this program!

1 comment:

Rethink Kent said...

Thats great! Accountability and responsibility really are the cornerstones to growing and being independent! Giving him these tools early are going to be a great asset that he will come back to all his life.

Really enjoyed reading your blog and catching up to the present and hope to continue to in the future!

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