4.29.2008

My List of Leelo Home Program Areas to Work On

My List of Leelo Home Program Areas to Work On

Leelo's home team is meeting tomorrow for the first time in a few months (our schedules have not been compatible lately). Leelo is doing a lot of amazing things, has made a lot of progress in this last quarter. But the last few weeks have been rough. I sent Supervisor M the list below to detail what I'd like to see emphasized in his home program.

-Managing violence. When Leelo gets really upset, he hits, scratches, and pulls hair, and is starting to really hurt both me and Seymour.

-Increasing tolerance for drops of water on his shirt. I understand that it is unpleasant to wear a shirt with a bit wet spot on it, but Leelo freaks if he even thinks a drop of water gets on his shirt. He went through four outfits -- including six shirts -- on Saturday. I have been having some luck getting him to keep the shirts on/distracting him with LOTS of veggie booty and straw reinforcers.

-Bolting/Traffic Safety. On Sunday night he ran right out in front of a car in a parking garage, though Seymour yanked him back. Leelo had no awareness of the car whatsoever. This bolting might be a problem if he is to move to an inclusive campus in two years. At his current (segregated campus) school, any loose kid needs immediate attention. Not necessarily the case at a school that includes typical kids.

-Teaching me and Seymour to use TeachTown so we can help Leo with it, too.

-Generalizing the shapes of real-world objects. He is finally starting to do this; previously the only attribute RW objects had was color. Yay!

-Better hand washing. His hands frequently smell awful post-toileting (i.e., like ass), and we have to help him re-wash them.

-Keeping his shoes on in the car. This is driving me and the bus drivers crazy. I reinforce him vocally and continuously for keeping his shoes on during car trips, but too often as soon as we arrive at our destination the shoes get kicked off.

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