Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Experiences for the Kid

The kid had two field trips this week; the first to the movies and to the pizza place. The second just to the movies she did good with the first one, not sure about the second yet. It should be going on about the time this posts.

She came home Monday and was able to tell us that she had pizza. Now as long as I don't get excited and tell anyone about it noone will try to make me feel guilty that after three years, endless hours of therapy, millions of hours of lost sleep and a ton of crap I couldn't afford to begin with that my almost six year old consistantly functions at a three year old level.

So I'm a friend short these days, no big deal. I didn't deserve the hateful response I got to a simple yes or no question of whether or not her and her son had left the  movie without seeing it. Seriously for all I knew some crazied freak was in the theater or something. Oh well, without her there is no ignorant husband, ex-husband roomate, baby daddy jackass to deal with. I'll be nice and pretend I didn't understand his rude ass, innappropriate thinly veiled threat of a comment. Once.

Well, that's all. The kid is having a fairly good week, over the holiday vacation I plan to attempt to go get her long, beautiful hair cut off because the sight of a hairbrush sends her into a panic.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Preparing for a Late Halloween

Yes, I know Halloween was yesterday but my kid has to be in bed by 6:30 and typically she goes without a big fuss. She's tired from her long day, even on days she doesn't have to go to therapy in the afternoons. She has all her homework completed on Monday afternoons, except for the tiny book that doesn't come out until the folders for the week with the conduct grade comes out. This means she gets some free time the rest of the week.

This Saturday we are giving her a private Halloween. I would be getting her some candy, putting her in her costume, taking pictures and letting her enjoy begging, trick or treating in the safety of the living room. Her ABA therapy? Well, I'm in the process of searching the house for the packet that I had in my hand one minute and couldn't find the next. At least two weeks ago it's been missing since. That means homework is our main focus along with speech and manners. I know for a fact some of the ABA was geared to her learning the skills for the school curriculum format.

This week I am buying select candies (stuff she'll eat), and hopefully making cupcakes for her with Halloween like decorations. Well, off to work, I have a Hot Flash to write.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Home Program Schedule

Well, the end of formal ABA due to the cost means that we now have a home program from the ABA until we can get back. Should we finish this before that time I have to call her to get the next step in the program. A week of my being on the verge of death too sick to function has put us behind on the skills.

I now have the next week scheduled out. The speech schedule for the week determined the upcoming schedule. The majority is verbal as a result of limited time, these are skills that can be done either driving down the road or in the car. It's strange having materials from the therapist for the entire thing. Even stranger is figuring out when to do my personal goals with the kid.

So far today as I have read I have managed to find a few dozen items for therapy that I already had, and the kid has managed to lose part of. My consolation is that the rest has to be in the house somewhere. I have managed to get what I have found so far gathered up, put into containers and some of them actually organized with the rest of the (what's left of) set.

I have also managed to find a few dozen socks that others claimed were lost, because they were too stupid not paying attention to what they were doing when. The good news is that'll work for the kid as a sorting exercise. We'll start by getting all the stray socks into piles of the same color before I make the treasure hunt effort to match them correctly. Then I may put them away or stuff them with rocks to fling at the offending party.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Changes, Changes and More Changes

There have been a lot of changes over the past year, and the changes are continuing. Some are good, some are not so good and some make me want to pull my hair out. To put it in focus, one of the highlights of the week was finding Kraft mayonnaise for 99 cents. I don't particularly care for mayonnaise so this was strange.

I had to drop ABA for the moment because the expense was no longer in my budget. Now I have a small packet from the therapist for the next set of skills in the ABLLs so that I can go over them with the kid. They're simple skills that would otherwise be overlooked because of the rest of her skills being above them. Now to manage to include the actual time to sit down and teach the skills in a format outside a controlled environment instead of merely reinforcing the skills outside of the environment.

The fact that I now have to go to the laundromat every week thanks to technical difficulty with the washing machine would be an annoyance. I have a week of school uniforms for the kid, which means I need to buy her more. I also need to get the stain remover and a load of whites together. She has a white long sleeve shirt that she can wear to school, but in the condition it is in it can only be worn under her jumper on a cold day. Little kid's love attract stains. The previously white shirt has brown stains on it.

I have attempted a number of times to go through her clothes and get out what is to small or to short for her. It's taking a great deal of time. I'm also attempting to get the ones that she has grown into somewhere I can find them after school and on weekends. I'm still hunting for additional uniforms, the goal is to have two weeks worth, some larger sizes for next year. Then I can put her clothes in the washing machine alone. That would ideal.

Well, I have work to do and another blog to update.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Short Kid and Ice Cream Money

Well, last week that short blonde kid had to take her snack to school and do without her ice cream money. She was in trouble for not doing her homework correctly, or rather not doing it to her abilities to complete the task at hand. She can write all of her letters fairly legible and correctly, (mostly) but last week she refused to even try. It was a game to her so her ice cream money she lost. Yes, I am aware that she is only 5 but she went into Kindergarten with the ability to write sentences, (we spent the last year of OT working on them) so I expect her to actually form her letters legibly instead of just scattering lines on paper.

This weekend she found her little "Homework Helper" and formed the letters she had merely made passing attempts at last week legibly and correctly. So she earned her ice cream money back, she can still lose it again but so far she has it for school. She is still taking her snack for a while though. It saves a little bit of money to allow her rewards for being good when we go out. 

This weekend for example, Sunday afternoon was spent in the laundromat. Well, she behaved like an angel as I washed, rewashed, dried and folded my clothes. Then we went to the Dollar General and the grocery store. She had behaved so well in the laundromat (without benefit of toys taken with her) that I let her pick a reward. She chose a box of 24 count Crayola crayons. She hasn't had new crayons at home for some time so that was a good choice to go with her coloring books she already has. We also picked up a small pack of dry erase markers so she can practice sentences on her lined dry erase board. Dad said he wanted ice cream before we left and the short blonde kid agreed but she wanted ice cream sandwiches. So I got a thing of Rocky Road and a box of ice cream sandwiches. 

I'll be examining Friday's sales this week and planning for the next two weeks budget this week. I'm going through her clothes little by little getting rid of the ones that are too small. (Donation box down the road.) That should take up most of the mornings this week to make sure I have enough to fill at least three or four small bags. There are some that need washing and those are going in the dirty clothes. That is this weeks project (aside from writing/rewriting my own articles, some editing and figuring out what to do with the book I trashed. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

PTO Show

September 18, 2012 - first PTO meeting

The first PTO meeting/performance of the year has come and gone. The Kindergarten and First Grade classes gave a performance. Kids had to be at the school from 5:30 to 5:50 tonight to get ready for the performance. I was nervous given shorty’s previous years. The first she looked terrified, the second she just smiled, the third she refused to open her mouth.

Well, this year was drastically different. Shorty was not only happy to be on stage, she nearly danced off the stage. My little angel was attempting to steal the show. Not only was she smiling the entire time, (mostly) she went from her place in the line-up to dancing across the front of the stage. The teacher had to get her to keep her from falling off the stage.

It was amazing to watch the baby enjoying herself.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A visit to the School

I will be making a visit to the school today. No there is not a problem at the moment, I will be there to do the Accelerated Reading program with the baby. Her and one other child from her class, I think. I will be learning what I am doing today. This is going to be interesting, twice a week I will be at the school. She has had time to settle in without me and now it's time to interrupt her day a little bit. 

She's in a bit of trouble this week so we thought that taking her out of P.E. for a while a couple days might make it better. It's a long story, and we're working to correct it. While I never put anything past her I'm not sure she knows what she did and if she had an aid with her it would not have happened. This is a fact that I have no doubt about. Today will give me a chance hopefully to see the gym setup because I do not think that it is an environment that is going to work for her. 

Well, I had the visit to the school, the little girl that the teacher put with Theresa is the cutest, sweetest little thing. She's never met a stranger, talkative as can be and kept trying to help Theresa which was too cute. When I got there they were standing outside the gym while the rest of the class went in and the little girl had her arm around Theresa who was holding the stuffed Clifford from the classroom. 

While I was there I found out that Theresa had not bothered to eat all day, only drink. The teacher thought she had a sore throat, I thought she felt warm but she had just been outside. The teacher had thought she felt warm too, but we didn't think she was warm enough to have a fever. Well she fell asleep on me, but when it was time to get up the little girl with her volunteer to help get her up. She also volunteered to help her at the water fountain and in the bathroom to make sure that she was OK. Kids today are smart and sweet. 

The little girl with Theresa has the prettiest name, and wouldn't you know I can't spell it. Of course it is almost 5 am and Theresa is asking for starfall. She's out of school until Friday, doctors orders. She had 100.8 by the time we got there and she isn't looking like she feels well at all.