Friday, 4 March 2016

Maybe Bigger Isn't Better

Alex has made some great progress for toileting, but we've been looking for a way to move it up to the next level.  Our behavioural specialist suggested having a really big reward for Alex to earn with multiple successes.  So for the last six weeks, he's been working towards earning a train trip to Montreal.  

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the big reward is having the desired success.  Statistically, Alex is having fewer successes than he did when we just had the one reward for a successful toileting.  Before, he was averaging two per week.  Now he's had 5 successes in the last six weeks.

We meet with the specialist next week to go over his progress.  Perhaps this is a bump which is to be expected.  Or maybe it's a sign of performance anxiety.  Or maybe he doesn't really want to go to Montreal (which is weird because he was asking for it constantly, which is why we picked it in the first place).

It's making me nervous about the upcoming summer.  Right now, we've only had toileting success on school days.  I don't know if that's something we can duplicate with day camps.

There's still almost four months to go, so hopefully we'll be able to get another breakthrough.  And if not, I just have to keep reminding myself that I knew this was going to be a long process.

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