Learning Curve

Joshua has begun a new phase to his development.  He’s learning about time outs.

We received a note from his teacher regarding earning a timeout at school for invading another autistic child’s space during circle time.  This particular child doesn’t like being touched and Joshua, who likes to “make a big splash”, and has been quite interested in seeing different emotions on people’s faces, continued to pester the child, thus earning his first time out as school.  I’ve attempted to give Joshua time outs at home, but he didn’t seem to get it and I’d have to strap him in his chair to, in a sense, interrupt his behavior.  Now, he “gets it” due to seeing other kids in his class earn time outs and how he is to behave.  The teacher’s aide, Tonya, described Joshua as obediently giving up his sticker and then sitting in the time out chair and having big, crocodile tears with such a sad expression on his face.

Discussing this with Doreen, the occupational therapist doing the iLs study with him, thought a few things may be playing into this behavior:  1)  Joshua is interested in learning about emotions right now. 2) Joshua’s vision issues with his eyes not working together so perhaps he’s getting closer to kids to see better regarding expressions,  3) Joshua seeks out stimulation due to his sensory issues and, of course, 4) he’s a “normal” kid who likes to tease…which, I may add, he comes by naturally.

I was actually glad Joshua has learned this skill as it’s clear he knows what to do around time outs.  At school, they are going to be utilizing his glasses more during circle time to help with any vision issues that may be playing into this.  In the mean time, at home, he is  getting a lot of practice sitting in time out.  His first time out resulted from hitting Rachel so he could see her “cry”.  He has the most adorably, pathetically forlorn look on his face when he is sent to our time out spot.  He’s gotten better about not hitting his sister, so it seems to be making an impact.  Unfortunately, he still has a ways to go regarding not playing on top of the piano.  He likes to line up blocks and legos and re-enact the Veggie Tales story, verbatim:  Josh and the Big Wall.   As cute as he is, we can’t allow him to play up on our upright piano.  I’m honestly more worried about the piano than him, although he does use it, at times, as a means to sit up on the mantle and cause my heart to seize.  So, for my health, the piano and his, he’s having to find another place to line up his blocks that he can knock down.   While he is figuring out a more appropriate place, he’s becoming quite acquainted with the time out step.

"The saddest boy who was ever sad."

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