I had a meeting last week with some of Trenton and Andrew's coaches and the board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) at Harsha last week.
The boys are making phenomenal progress!! They love Harsha and they both just crave it! Andrew asks to go every single day.
The area that Trenton has made the best improvement is in his "mands". A mand is essentially a request, but it's all about what comes before
and after the request. Prior to the mand comes some kind of deprivation
or aversive. For example, a therapist, knowing that a child particularly likes Oreo
cookies, might hold an Oreo in her hand and show it to the client. This
is the deprivation or aversive. When the client correctly uses a mand by
requesting the cookie using words, picture cards, signs, etc., the
therapist responds by handing over the cookie. If the client simply
grabs, the therapist withholds the cookie and instructs the client to
use the appropriate mand.
Trenton went from zero mands on his first day to averaging a really good amount daily!!He is doing at least 250 mands a session! I am very proud of him!!
Andrew is improving as well! I can't express how much his speech is coming along!!!
Keep up the good work boys! Mommy is so proud of you!
Here are a few pics from Harsha earlier in the week.