Last night, Alex earned a trip to Montreal for toileting success. Over the last few weeks, he's gone from 1 success a week to four in the last 7 days. I'm hoping this means we've gotten over whatever was blocking him, but I have to be cautious.
Alex has always earned the second half of his reward faster. (For those who haven't been following, if he has a successful BM in the toilet, he earns a letter. When he spells a prearranged word, usually 8-10 letters, he earns the trip.) Most of us do better when we're closer to success than when we're at the beginning. Incidentally, this is why many "reward" cards and programs start with an initial bonus, so that people can feel like they're well on their way.
We'll have to see if things continue to progress well when we start the next word. This will be the first time with switching the reward to the alternating system (one trip to Montreal followed by a day at Fun Haven and riding OC Transpo). If he does begin to drop back, we'll have to figure out if it's lack of motivation for the new reward or the usual early stage reluctance.