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.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

It never ends

We have just begun Fall Break, which means that my child is home for a week. I have a lot of work to do since I forgot my Internet is coming due. This means I'll keep vampire hours and hope to stay awake long enough to get her to her rescheduled appointments. I moved them to earlier in the day so that we'd be able to get her to bed at a decent hour and get her more rest on her week off. There's at least one of those mornings breakfast will go with her.

We also have an appointment to check her Vitamin D levels, at that appointment I have to discuss taking her permanently off the supplements she has been on. I cannot remember the last time I got them in her, I'm pretty sure it was before school started though. The expense of it all is getting out of hand, and well she's functioning fine with the missed doses.

There a number of holidays coming back to back in addition to her birthday. I am undecided on which cake to bake her, and even more undecided on her decorations. I'm just glad that there is no chance of having to figure it out around appointments. Her birthday day is during the holiday season, two days after Christmas. Yes, we do have two separate days for her.

Well, it's time to get to planning my grocery list so we have an idea what we're eating next week.

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.