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Can I take it all back?

Sometimes I am really tempted to say “thanks for the diagnosis, now we know what we’re dealing with, we’ll take it from here.”

It’s all so overwhelming: the paperwork, the phone calls, emails, “snail” mail, appointments, meetings, observations, evaluations… it never ends.

Right now, for example, I’m in the midst of a parent training for ABA and the homework that comes with it. This is while trying to get our affairs in order to get Emily in school (which involves a list of requirements of its own, including an “observation” in our home, which involves another marathon cleaning session).

This is, of course, in addition to the day-to-day struggles that come with being an ASD parent.

Also, I’m in the midst of a Medical Assistant training that requires a LOT of study. I am getting by, basically by doing only what is graded. I don’t know half the stuff I need for the midterms next week. If I don’t learn this stuff, I could harm people!

Oh, and did I mention, Emily has a cold that seems to be heading to bronchitis territory? Yeah. That too.


Can I take it all back? Say my kid is… eccentric… and call it a day?

I could really use a nap.


Parent Training, Echolalia Baseline

Hello all,

Yesterday, I attended the first of three parent training sessions required by the Regional Center of which Emily is a client.

The training basically familiarizes you with Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), its history, techniques, purpose, and how to apply techniques at home (along with having an ABA therapist come in, of course).

To be honest, I was dreading attending, because the paperwork I received in the mail was quite… serious, I guess is the best word; serious in tone, overwhelming in general.

However, it was very enjoyable. I think the fact that it’s a group environment makes it less intimidating. Hearing other parents discuss their child’s strengths and challenges is wonderful, as well. There’s a sense of camaraderie that is just so comforting.

My homework for this week is to observe Emily doing her main “problem” behavior six times and log the details. Since it’s just a baseline to chart progress with, I’m not supposed to apply any techniques learned in class yet. This is, as they put it, a way to find out what she was like “yesterday.”