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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

On His Way Up

…And this is a young man who, when he was three, only twirled string in the light beams and only repeated what we said to him. To all you young parents out there: never give up!!!!

Nat’s Day

Today: September 3, 2008

Programs: E-mail, Answering phone, Chapter reading, reading comp, document reading, sightwords, respond to questions, conversation, pronouns, table top transaction, math, safety skill, wallet

Vocational: Mail Delivery, Fold Shirt, Deliver message, Stock Shelves, Follow Directions, Photocopy, Assembly

Leisure: Lots of books (he kept picking them whenever we gave him the free choice), floor puzzle, music, computer

Special: Playground (Annie was on vacation so we didn’t have music- but he did great with our schedule being slightly different due to her vacation)

Lunch: School lunch today was Mac and Cheese. He threw it away so we made him Ravioli instead. He ate that and the fruit cup.


We started Nat on a new stimulus set for sightwords, they deal with the playground and various activities he can do while outside. He has completed the first chapter of his book and will move on once he completes his comprehension questions. For his conversations we have taken ourselves (the teachers) out of it and have some of his peers ask him questions like what special he had and whether he had fun while he was there and having Nat respond with the correct answer. I hope that eventually he will not only ask questions back, but with all of this spontaneous conversation we are all seeing this might help him gear some of it towards his friends. –Therese


This is an awesome report, Susan!

— added by Niksmom on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 5:07 pm

It’s wonderful to hear this! It gives me such hope with my kiddo when I hear that spontaneous language comes when it’s ready. The school is very creative with ways to increase positive results with programs. They are very devoted to seeing progress. If something doesn’t work, they all put their heads together and figure out why, and then how to fix the problem…it’s great.

— added by Candy on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 10:32 pm

you deserve every ounce of happiness- earned ten-fold
god-bless and wonders all around-so pleased to hear of your good fortune….

— added by Anonymous on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 1:35 am

Thanks for the hope, Professor.

How did it go today?

— added by Someone Said on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Susan: They’re going to put on your tombstone one day “Susan Senator–She never, ever took NO for an answer.” Every time I feel like wimping out where autism is concerned I just pull up the old blog from Susan and read the latest. Gets me revved back up for more of the fight every time!

— added by Sharon L. on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm

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