Yesterday morning was the parent/teacher conference with Goofy's teacher. I'm not sure yet what I think about it. I'm thinking we're so not having the same conversation. She has no concerns about classroom routine or rule related behaviors. Um... that's because I worked with him on routines and organization until they were 2nd nature and we worked together to come up with a behavior plan that works... I tell you what, she's a genius when it comes to saying "no concern" in a thousand different ways. And while she's talking about the "behaviors" that are widely accepted as being "behaviors", I'm wanting to know about academic type related behaviors. The following directions, paying attention, blahblahblah. She says she has some concerns in that area but she is confident that the IEP will help with that.
I'm frustrated at the wait for backup approach she's taking because I think we ought to do something about whatever we can do something about. Granted, whatever we come up with wouldn't be on the same level as the highly qualified, trained professionals but the Functional Behavior Assessment, the evals, everything that happens in this leg of the journey takes up to 60 days. 60. days. What do we do until then? when you need stitches do you let it bleed until the doc can get to it? NO! Slap a bandaid on that b*tch and THEN go find professional help! I don't want to have to wait, I want to DO something. I'm impatient like that. But, I can also understand how slapping a bandaid on makes the problem look a whole lot smaller than it is. If the evidence of the wound is covered, how can anyone know how bad it is unless they remove the bandage? Then I'm stuck in a cycle of constantly changing bandages with the wound never being dealt with. So, ok. I'll wait and see what happens at the meeting the 10th.
|So, I set up a practice activity...|
|and gave him the non-specific, |
overly vague direction to
cut them out and left him on his own to do so...
The next step was working 1:1, specific instruction, a visual/action model where I explain each step of what I am doing to complete the activity...
I didn't notice until watching it back that there's a difference in body posture and the angle we are holding the scissors. He's got his elbows out and up and the scissors are horizontal while I have my elbows down and in with the scissors vertical. We will address that in our next session :)