Friday, July 26, 2013

Amazing Story

I have been (slowly) recovering from surgery since Monday. I went in for a hysterectomy and came out with that plus an appendectomy! Two for one! Lucky me :)

Needless to say, I have been resting quite a bit and seeing much more tv than I was ever free to see. Boog's amazing Da-da took this week off to take care of us and he has done such a great job. I've also had some very sweet friends and family do various things from stopping by the hospital to see me, to leaving a ton of delicious food on my porch! It's great to be in the south :)

Last night we were casually watching the news, and Da-da said "Hey, did you hear that? An upcoming story is about Autism". So we continued to watch the news to see the story. Little did we know how powerful that story would be!

The piece was on this beautiful little boy who was non-verbal. This child actually spoke a sentence to his mommy all because he loved seeing his favorite truck come down the street! Hearing this mom explain the joy of hearing her son speak made me cry tears of joy. Joy and hopefulness that the same may happen to us. 

It's not very often a story on the news leaves you hopeful and happy, so please check this one out!

-Boog's Mommy

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

ABA...Easy as 123?

I'm very happy to say that Boog is doing very well. We've started some new therapy, applied behavior analysis, or ABA. Here's a little explanation:

"Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning."

Basically, it's getting Boog to understand more, follow commands with less prompting, and hopefully keep progressing in many areas (including speech). He LOVES his therapist. It helps that she's a very very super cute young female. Boog loves pretty girls :) It wouldn't surprise me if I found out he was doing so well just BECAUSE she's super cute. That's my boy!

I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to have him at this new therapy and so excited for the next school year :)

Always appreciate those people who help you help someone you love. Without a few family members, the school staff, and a small number of friends we couldn't have made the progress we have. I will never forget the people that try and make the difficult times better...not the ones that just appear when everything is peachy :)

-Boog's Mom