I may not have been as vocal about the fight to get D ABA therapy lately but it’s still been an uphill battle. The new insurance has been somewhat cooperative and they’re acting like they’re going to pay for full-time ABA but I’m not holding my breath, and to be honest, I’ve stopped worrying about it as much. These past few weeks (shelter-in-place) I have seen a leap of improvement from him: using words y’all, washing his hands without me having to tell him 10 times, and following basic directions like, “don’t put jelly in your hair.” I can’t begin to explain how proud I am of him at this point.
Just to be clear though, he’s picking up A LOT of his progress from A. From the attitude to the yelling back, he’s has become a bigger version of her to an extent. This wouldn’t normally be a problem but she is as sassy as they come, and he’s picking it all up. I guess we have to take the good with the bad at the end of the day.
The main reason I’m excited about ABA is because Kindergarten is coming up in the fall. Kindergarten. My anxiety, my blood pressure, my sanity… you get the point. Our school district wants the kids reading before they move onto first grade. I just got my kid to say “yes” in a purposeful way, but reading? When I was a kid the passing requirement was using scissors (which D can do btw) so I wonder if this is too ambitious or if I need to hunker down. Either way, ABA will come as a relief for him – at the very least he will be getting out of the house instead of asking to go to the zoo and the park on a daily basis.
I hope you all are doing well and staying healthy. Warm wishes from us.