Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A lot of help

We are getting some extra help with advice from Joseph's behavior therapist. She has good ideas about how to keep him engaged in the store by reading a shopping list, sorting coupons, etc. and giving rewards for good behavior every minute or so, or every aisle, giving rewards in the car for each time he gets in and doesn't try to push the buttons, etc.

As she was outlining all the steps to take, and how to set up the situation outlining my expectations for good behavior and explaining what the reward system will be, and how I'm supposed to write signs to put in the car that say "don't touch," I thought to myself--"Self, this will probably work." Now, if I can just get ME to cooperate? Who is going to give me a reward each time I follow through? Each time I have the foresight to set up the expectations and rewards... Oh--I guess JOSEPH will. By not screaming in my ear during the whole trip.

It is a win for everyone! (Well, not an easy win, but a win. What I really want is an easy win. There aren't many of those out there, are there?)

Got to go warm up leftovers!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can totally agree. Parenting my child with ADD/Anxiety-Depression takes so much work. I live for the easy times!