12 days and counting

Well last week I booked 3 plane tickets to Calgary. I decided that I finally needed to follow my gut and get my son a DAN! doctor. I’ve been thinking about doing this for 2 years, and to be honest I should not have procrastinated, but the cost was a big thing and I wanted to make sure we did everything we could on this side of the country before we flew over there and started. I mean I wanted to do all the easy stuff first so now I can work with the experts on the more difficult options.
I have a wonderful feeling about this. While talking on the phone to the doctor, she was shocked on the amount of stuff we have already done, and she said she’s never had a patient that has already done so much before meeting with her. To her it seems like we are only missing one or two steps.
So please pray for us, please pray that we can once and for all kick autism’s butt.

Wink To Learn IPhone and IPad apps!

Well this is a new product Wesley and I were so excited to review. The people at Wink to Learn have now created “Speak & Read” apps in 7 languages to use on your IPhone or IPad .
They are available in:

  • English
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Filipino
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • and Malay

We purchased English, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. For 99cents, you have 10 flashcard lessons containing 10 word flashcards and 10 picture flashcards ready to carry with you everywhere. So 100 words and 100 pictures ready made for you. I’m telling you I have spent $20 of a pack of 10 pre-made Doman Flashcards. So for me this is a steal. And if your child is anything like mine, he is a PRO at operating the IPhone. Plus he is super excited to see his lessons packed into my IPhone.

When you select the icon on your IPhone(I’m assuming the IPad is the same, but since I sadly don’t own one I cannot say for sure how that version operates) The screen that is just above appears. Here you can select if you want to do the flashcard lessons or the game mode.
If you choose the flashcard lesson, the IPhone will show you the lesson once, then ask you if you would like to:

  • Lets play a game
  • 1 more round? Shake it!
  • Lesson Menu

Now the game is fantastic, Wink to Learn has basically provide Doman parents like me the perfect way to test to see if your child is absorbing the information without “actually” testing them.

In the game mode your child is show a picture. Next to it is two words. If your child selects the correct one, the program says “Excellent”, if they select wrong the program says in a soft voice “Try again”.
Over all these programs have been a fit. I hope Wink To Learn will continue to create these apps, and maybe make Speak & Read part 2,3,4 etc. I love that I have an interactive program right on my IPhone that I can use with my son in the store or at the doctors office. Also it is a great way to help him practice the other languages we are working on, even though I have not picked them up as well as he has.
One thing I noticed when your searching these apps, you have to search winktolearn.com in your App Store because simply typing wink to learn was not getting any results.
Another great product Wink To Learn!!

With all of these different educational apps, it may be worth considering getting a multipurpose iPad holder to make it easier for children to hold and navigate. I’m certainly going to start looking for one to make sure my children are comfortable and happy whilst using their iPads to learn!

Touch Math Review!

Wesley and I have had the chance to work with TouchMath once again. This time instead of using there software that we reviewed last month HERE, we were using there NEW Kindergarten Digital Kit. Because Wesley had already completed another kindergarten math program(which I wasn’t thrilled with), the people at TouchMath and I decided that perhaps their Advanced Kindergarten Kit 4 would be a great place for Wesley to start.
At the touch of my finger I’m able to print out the following
45 Addition Masters
  • Long-column addition
  • Two digits plus one digit
  • Double-digit computation without regrouping
  • Odd/even numbers
  • Write addition sentences
  • Word problems
  • Place value
  • Addition number family problem
45 Subtraction Masters

  • Subtract one digit from numbers 18 and less
  • Double-digit subtraction without regrouping
  • Word problems
  • Subtraction number family problems
  • Addition and subtraction fact families

15 Geometry Masters

  • Introducing sides and angles
  • Symmetry
  • Explore solids
  • Three-dimensional concepts

15 Algebra Masters

  • Repeating patterns with pictures, shapes, colors, letters and numerals
  • Patterning with numbers, designs and letters

15 Money Masters

  • Identify front and back of a half-dollar
  • Assign value to coins
  • Count and calculate the total value of coins

15 Time Masters

  • Tell time to the hour and half hour
  • Tell time on an analog clock in five-minute increments
  • Recognize correlation between digital and analog time
  • Concepts of quarter-past, half-past and till the hour

15 Measurement Masters

  • Select appropriate measuring tools for length, weight and temperature

 15 Graphing/Data Masters

  • Organize graphs with specific information
  • Number charts
  • Picture graphs
  • Tally charts
  • Surveys

15 Fractions Masters

  • Concept of thirds
  • Concept of fourths
  • Identify fractional parts of sets

All this for a child at the end of kindergarten! I have to say this thrills me because I believe young children if taught in a fun way can learn more complicated math concepts then we usually teach in school. The problem is most of the time more advance topics are written for older children and are not attractive to a younger child. However with TouchMath, the worksheets are child friendly with fun characters including Uno Bear! Another thing I’m so glad TouchMath has done is made the worksheets in larger font. This is great because a child needs big writing so they can see the problem with ease. If they have to struggle to see the numbers it can frustrate them before they even start thinking how to solve the problem.
The other great thing about this program is the fact that you can lesson plan right from your computer. If you know your child is struggling with a concept, well you can print out a large assortment of worksheets and keep working on the topic until the child “gets it”. Also if your child understand the concept, then you can just carry on and print out the next concept.
Its also great that the program can be used again and again with younger siblings! Just put the disc away and when your next child comes to that age level, you already have your whole Math program right at your finger tips.

Also if your interested in using TouchMath with your child, but want to try it out first, head over to there Free Section for several addition pages to try out with your child in Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Upper Grades. You can also sample a few pages from Each Kit in every grade HERE.
Just as I was writing this review I received an email from TouchMath. I’m glad it came just before I was ready to publish this. 

According to our records, you have purchased and registered our TouchMath Tutor Kindergarten Software. We will soon begin production on an updated version, and because you are users of the current product, we want to give you the opportunity to help with the process!

Please take a moment to complete a very brief survey and give us your feedback. By sharing your thoughts, you will receive a FREE copy of the updated software when it’s released later this year!

The survey will close on January 21, 2011.

 To me this is just AMAZING customer service. They don’t need to offer there customers copy of the updated program, but they do. And they really want our advice as parents and teachers how they can make the program work for our children better!
As a parent who is struggled finding the perfect math program for her child, I am so glad I found TouchMath, and I plan to continue using it with my son.
Thank-you TouchMath for allowing my son and I to try out another one of your GREAT products. Please note that I was provided a copy of the Digital Kindergarten Kit 4 in exchange for my unbiased review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I paid for my option.


I See Sam- Review and Giveaway!

As most of my readers know, Wesley and I read a lot. I look forward to our time every night were we cuddle up and read a few books(or several) together. The night he decides he’s too big for this routine, I don’t know what I’m going to do.
Now that he is becoming more confident with his reading skills, I have to always be on the look out for good books for him to read. They can’t be too easy, they shouldn’t be too hard, but still challenging. Most important, they have to be interesting. I also want them to build off of each other. Well as a first time homeschooling mom, I went on amazon and bought the Bob Books series because they are commonly talked about among homeschooling parents. While they were easier readers, they did not build up to certain words like I would have liked, and well they were boring. My son wanted nothing to do with them. So there I have 3 box sets of book, collecting dust on his book shelf. I also tried the Clifford Phonics Box sets, but they included random words that were too difficult to keep the story going. While these were not what I wanted for a reading program, at least my son enjoyed reading them with me. But yet again I was left looking for that perfect reading program.
Then one night I was once again searching online for something to help me teach my son to read better. And that’s when I stumbled upon iseesam.com. At first I wasn’t sure what to think. The more I read the more interested I became. The testimonials sounded great! And the previews of the Little Books looked like something we could use. So I contacted them and they agreed to do a review/giveaway.
The day my box of Little Box arrived I was so excited. We had picked them up at the post office and my hubby had to run in somewhere’s else after, so I sat in the car and opened my box. When I opened up Set 1, I started flipping through the book. Well my son started reading over my shoulder. They were an instant hit!

The Reading for All Learners “Little Books” program is a sequence of 141 color coded books. There are 8 sets of books from Kindergarten to 3.6 reading level. Each set contains up to 27 books.
The Little Books were researched, revised and field tested to provide high success and fun learning experiences in beginning reading. The series directly correlate to core curriculum and mandates set by No Child Left Behind. Each book is built on the skills learned in previous books. For high success they should be taught in sequence.
The Little Books are used successfully around the globe in a variety of settings. Schools use them in small group instruction and for individual needs. The instruction can come from teachers, parents, paraprofessionals, parent helpers, older peers, anyone! They are inexpensive, easy to use and the research is solid. They work!!
The sets are favorite materials for teachers because of their easy-to-use format, embedded cues, and assessment tests located throughout each set. The students enjoy the fun characters, group interaction, reward certificates, and coloring sheets.

What I love about our Little Books
– The first few pages are practice pages. You review letter sounds, New words and review words.
– The last page provides “Coming Attractions” which are New Words that will be introduced in the next book.
– Every six books or so there is something called “Looking Back”. Here there are few few sentences using words your child should know after reading up to that point. If your child can breeze through them you know you can confidently move on to the next book. If your child is struggling with them, you then know you should work on the last few books a little longer. Once your child can read those sentences with confidence, you can then move on.
– Wesley loves the pictures and the characters. They are what make the story interesting without being overwhelming. They are able to give the books with such simple words a storyline. We often find ourselves giggling about the trouble this characters get themselves into.
– Each book builds on what the child has learned in the previous book. There is also lots opportunity for the child to practice their new words.
– On the bottom of several pages in each book, there is a question written in small print for the parent to ask the child to make sure they are understanding what they are reading.
– You can use their free Scope and Sequence to see where you should place your child.

Overall I’m thrilled with this product. Wesley and I are on Set 1 Book 17, after one month or so. I decided to start him right at the beginning of the program even though he knew a lot of what is taught. First of all he needed to brush up on some of his skills. I also wanted him to have a lot of success right off the hop so he could feel confident and want to work with this books more. I’m already noticing a big difference in his reading. Even with books that are not “The Reading for All Learners- Little Books”, he’s reading them with a lot more ease.
Would you like to win a set of your own?
Ok now for the exciting part for you. The people at The Reading for All Learners have agreed to give one of my lucky readers this set “The Deluxe Read to Succeed Gift Set”. A $160 value

In order to sign up to win, do one or as many of the following calls to action as you would like. Please remember to include your email address. Please don’t assume because you have a google account that I can email you, sometimes the email addresses are on a private setting. Lately I have had to redraw winners because there was no email address.
– Head over to iseesam.com and let me know which set of Little Books you think would work best for your child.
Like iseesam on Facebook
– Follow Doman, ABA, Dayhome, Homeschooling Momma publicly
– Blog about this giveaway and leave a link so I can come check out your blog and thank-you
Contest is open to Canada and the US only. Contest closes Jan 16th,2011 at 11:59pm
The options expressed in this review are my own. Other results may vary. I was provided a set of the first 4 book sets in exchange for an honest, unbiased option.
Thank-you iseesam.com for allowing me to review your product. I know when we will be purchasing the book sets 5-8 from you as soon as we complete 1-4.

Heidisongs Sing & Spell Review and Giveaway

Well I’m telling you, everyone in my daycare has HeidiSongs fever! There is not a daycare day that goes buy were we don’t play a HeidiSongs DVD or CD, sometimes we do BOTH!

All songs are fun and catchy, and are teacher tested and kid approved. Every child can easily memorize the spellings of these words and begin writing as soon as they are able to write the alphabet and can read a few words.

Lately I’ve been focusing on the SING&SPELL series, since my son is learning how to spell right now.
What does each DVD/CD cover?
SING&SPELL #1 covers and, are, can, for, go, have, he, here, is, like, me, my, of, on, play, said, see, she, that, the, they, to, was, with, you
SING&SPELL #2 covers red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, white, gray, pink, an, at, big, do, down, has, in, it, no/yes, not, small, this, too, up, we, what, who. Plus, two punctuation songs; one for capitals, and one for spaces between the words
SING&SPELL #3 covers again, away, because, come, could, help, house, how, jump, little, look, make, one, run, should, their, there, they’re, three, to, too, two, want, we’re, were, when, where, who, why, and would
SING&SPELL #4 covers A (word), all, am, as, be, by, came, dear, did, friend, from, good, had, his, I (word), if, love, made, nice, now, out, over, put, some, then, very, will, and your! 
and 
SING&SPELL #5 covers Zero the Hero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, about, around, but, eat, fight, find, funny, get, into, new, ride, please, pretty, saw, say, says, so, under, which 
Wesley and the kids in my home daycare LOVE this series. There favorite is SING&SPELL #5 because it has a more Hip-Hop style of music. Everyone’s top favorite song is “Zero the Hero”. I swear my five year old sings it five times a day from memory.And as the days go on, I catch him singing songs I didn’t even think he was paying attention too.
 

The Resource CDs contain more printable activities then I could even use! It was so much fun picking activities to use with Wesley. We used the Puzzle sight words. I printed the set I wanted to use and colored them with crayons to avoid wasting color ink and my son loved them. Sadly I’m having trouble uploading the pictures I took of us using them.
All and all I cannot not recommend this series enough. I have toddlers who can barely talk absorbing how to spell words and singing along, and five year olds who are learning in a way I wish my teachers had know about when I was younger. Then perhaps I may be a better speller myself now. I mean when I was a child I knew how to spell Mickey Mouse because of the theme song, I’m so glad Heidi has harness this way of learning so that every child has the chance to learn to spell in a fun, easy way. Plus they can learn to spell at a much earlier age too. Instead of teaching my daycare babies the Itsy Bitsy Spider, we sing HeidiSongs!
Would you like to win one of these DVDs/CD sets??
Leave a separate comment WITH your EMAIL for each one of the call to actions you choose to complete. You can do one, two or all of them 🙂
Head over to HeidiSongs and tell me which Sing & Spell set you would pick if you won
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Like HeidiSongs on Facebook (Side note: kizudo! Get facebook already)
– Blog about this contest (include the link to your blog entry in your comment)
Thank you so much to HeidiSongs for once again allowing me to review there great products! I hope to continue working with them.
Please note that the options expressed here are of my son and I, and others may have different results. I was not paid to write a good review. I was only provided a copy of the product to give an unbiased option. We just happened to love it and I hope you will too.
Contest closes Jan 11th,2011 at 11:59. Open to Canada and the US.

TouchMath Review and Giveaway!

Well anyone who has read this blog for a while knows that I have had trouble finding a good math program for my son. I can write you a list a mile long of programs I have tried and just did quite feel. Well Wesley and I finally found something that we enjoy doing! Its call TouchMath. I was so lucky that the kind people at Touch Math let Wesley and I try two of there products. The one that I’m reviewing today is their NEW TouchMath Tutor Kindergarten Software

The exciting TouchMath Tutor interactive software complements the new kindergarten print product and was developed for use on classroom/home computers –– both with traditional mouse/keyboard functionality AND those computers with touch screen capability. The software is also compatible with Interactive Whiteboards for classroom use. UnoBear provides entertaining multisensory activities for students who are beginning to use TouchMath, or who need review. Students are enthralled with the creative imagery as they play to learn: Touching/Counting Patterns, Number Concepts 1–20, Addition with Sums to 10, Backward Counting from 10 and Below, and Subtraction from 10 and Below.

I found when trying other programs that used dots on numbers to teach math, it was so difficult to teach my son in which order to place and count the dots. They required the kids to count the dots in one order and draw them on in a different order. Well this just made my son frustrated. Now to be 100% honest with you when I saw that TouchMath had double touch points, I thought, “Great! This is even more complicated.” I’m glad to say that I was 100% wrong. TouchMath has the child place the dots and count them in the same order. And this wonderful software was able to teach my son where to place them in one sitting. numbers 0-9 in ONE SITTING! The only slightly frustrating thing was the program was very touchie and if Wesley picked up a dot and put it back down so he could sneeze or scratch his nose the computer counted it as an error. So if we were on dot 8 of 9 he had to start all over again. But I was so glad to see when I contacted the wonderful people at TouchMath that this problem has been corrected! My son just loved the little gauge at the top of the screen that told him how far he was in the lesson. He called it his fuel gauge and because of this he refused to stop until the “fuel gauge” was full.
I’m thrilled to report that what he has learned using the computer software has transferred to paper as well. in the near future I will be reviewing the NEW TouchMath Kindergarten Kit 4 and he automatically knew what to do and is adding 3 to 4 single digit numbers together with great ease.
I’m am so impressed with this product I can’t wait till next month when the NEW TouchMath Grade One Software comes out!
Overall I am thrilled with this product, I’m saving it for any future children I have. Wesley and I flew through it quickly, only because in other Math Programs he is at a Grade One level, and well he was stubborn and insisted on completing each state in one sitting. However it did hammer down some important concepts he was not understanding before, and taught him how to place and count the dots in the correct order. It was a fun stepping stone that prepared use for Kit 4 with is Advanced Kindergarten Math. I mean i can tell you with 100% certainty that I was NOT adding three digits together when I was in kindergarten. I’m excited looking ahead at that program! I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Installation of the program was super easy. Once its on your computer, you can put the discs away, they are no longer needed for regular use. Which is great because I’m always terrified to wreak discs through everyday use. You can also have more then one student listed in the program. And the program keeps marks and progress reports for each child. It also allows you to lock areas if you feel your child needs to redo a previous lesson. The reports can be printed out, so if your a homeschooling family that’s state requires you to submit annual reports, you can include these reports.
Do you like the TouchMath concept? Are you interested in trying it out with your family?
Well the people at TouchMath have offered to give one of my readers *NEW* Touch2Learn TouchNumerals with Base 10 (Valued at $99)

 This set contains brightly-colored 6” foam numerals, operation symbols, TouchPoints and Base 10 trays. Students place the TouchPoints on the numerals in the correct Touching/Counting Patterns, remove them and practice on the other numerals. As students explore basic computation with the numerals 1–9 and higher using the Base 10 trays and TouchPoints, they begin to make the connection between concrete objects and numerical values. A complete teacher’s manual is included. A favorite among students and teachers!

Includes:

  • Three sets of numerals 0–9
  • 205 TouchPoints
  • Operation signs
  • Ten Base-10 trays 

 How can you win? Complete at least one of the following things. If you complete more then one leave a separate comment. Make sure to leave an email address where I can contact you.
– Head over to the TouchMath Website and tell me about a product you found interesting
Like TouchMath on Facebook
– Follow Doman, ABA, Dayhome and Homeschooling Momma Publicly
– Blog about this giveaway, be sure to leave a link to the entry 🙂
Contest closes Dec 20th, 2010 @ 11:59pm. Open to Canada and the US.
Disclaimer: I was provided TouchMath Software to review with my son, in return for an honest review. I was not required to write a good review about this product. These are my own options and others may have varying experiences. Thank-you TouchMath for allowing me to review your product.

Great Advent Calendar Ideas!

Well if you’ve been reading me for a while, you’ll know my son does not eat dairy or gluten. So that means those cute little advent calendars with the chocolates behind each door I had as a child are out.
Last week a friend of my emailed me an older entry. Instead of the child getting a chocolate treat, she wrapped up 25 books and placed them in a basket with a number. Each day during the month of December her son opened a new book each night before to read.
When I read this I thought I have to do this for Wesley! So I went to the thrift store today and bought 25 books.(well actually I bought more, but 25 were for this project LOL) Maybe I should have bought new books, but if I did 25 books times $5.99 a book, you do the math, thats my son’s whole Christmas Present budget, so for us new was not an option. And I mean really he’s five and they are new to him.
I’m actually glad my good friend directed me to this blog BEFORE December came around. Actually I usually read great ideas too late. Thats why I’m sharing it with you early.
Are you interested in starting a new tradition this year?
Check out:
Counting Coconuts Great Advent Idea

Young Minds Numbers and Counting Review

Recently I found a great site called Math Tutor DVD. At first glance I thought that there products maybe too advance for my son and daycare children, but when I looked in the side bar I noticed that they had two products that would be perfect.
The first one is a DVD called Young Minds Numbers and Counting.
Your child will learn:

– Learn to recognize the numbers 1-10.

– Associate the number with physical objects.

– Count from 1-10.

– Animal names and sounds.

– Fruits and Vegetables.

– Names of colors.

– Names of machines such as cars, airplanes, etc.

The nice thing about this video in the classical music is calming. So it would be a perfect video to play right before nap or bedtime to unwind.

The photographs shown in the DVD are nice and clear. The numbers are also clear and a good contrast for children to see them.
You have the option of watching the whole video at once, or you can just show your child one section/number at a time. This is how I show my daycare children, we do one number a day. That is all their attention span can handle right now at 18months. But for that one section they do watch this video with great attention.
In the Bonus Menu you can click and option called Picture Puzzle. This part of the DVD builds a puzzle on the screen while counting the pieces. The pictures are just beautiful.
There is also a Connect the Dots option, where they complete Connect the Dot puzzles from 1-10 on the screen for the child to read.
The last option in the Bonus Menu is Guess the Animal. The camera is zoomed in at first and the childs voice gives clues as to what it is. Then they slowly zoom out and the child is suppose to guess what it is.


This video sells for $19.99 at Math Tutor DVD.com. It has also won a bunch of awards including Dr.Toy 10 Best Audio-Video Products Award.
I would say that this video is designed for very young children that don’t know their numbers yet. My 18 month old daycare children enjoyed it. However for my 5 year old, it was below his level. But no worries because my next MathTutorDVD.com review was the right product for him.
Best sure to check out their site, they also have DVDs for your older children in “Algebra Help thru Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and Beyond!”

Toxic Childhood

WOW! Last night I read an article a friend recommended to me, about how in late 2009 they were testing newborn infants umbilical cords and found that most had been exposed to over 200 different chemicals before they are even born.
 http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1008/07/se.01.html
I started googling the topic and was shocked to what I found. Some people insist that this affecting our children. Others are saying the chemicals are innocent until proven dangerous. That doesn’t sit right with me. As a parent I’m so overwhelmed as to what I should do. I know for a fact certain heavy metals cause children to have foggy minds making if difficult to function. I strongly believe chemicals are related to the increased numbers in Autism.
When I had my son’s hair tested for heavy metals in early 2008 at the age of 2 and he came back with high leads of Lead and arsenic. We did a homeopathic Heavy Metal detox and it seemed to help him. Now a few years later I plan on having him checked again.
With toys being recalled left and right because of toxic levels of lead in the paint, triple the amounts of vaccines given then past generations, higher levels of chemicals in our foods, animals being tampered with to provide more meat without worry about the quality of the meat, high levels of childhood asthma, Autism and ADHD, and the fact that our children are the first generation that have a shorter life expectancy then we do. What is a parent to do?
Am I the only one concerned?

What is ABA??

Someone on the Brillkid forum asked the question, What is ABA? She had read about it on my blog and I realized I never went into much detail about it.
ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis, and from what I have been told, it is the only “scientifically” proven effect therapy for autism. Now I know a lot of parents with argue, will this worked for my child, etc. The reason ABA is scientifcally proven is because of the AMAZING records that need to be kept. For every trial, the results are taken, every behavior is charted, etc, etc. So they have the records to prove what plan is working and which isn’t by looking at the behavior graphs.
Good Old Wikipedia defines ABA as:

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of controlling and predicting human behavior. Behavior analysts reject the use of hypothetical constructs[1] and focus on the observable relationship of behavior to the environment. By functionally assessing the relationship between a targeted behavior and the environment, the methods of ABA can be used to change that behavior. Research in applied behavior analysis ranges from behavioral intervention methods to basic research which investigates the rules by which humans adapt and maintain behavior.

ABA is defined as the science in which the principles of the analysis of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significant behavior, and in which experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for change in behavior.[17] It is one of the three fields of behavior analysis. The other two are behaviorism, or the philosophy of the science; and experimental analysis of behavior, or basic experimental research

Now this is the exact description quoted from the Centre that runs my son’s ABA program

The Preschool ABA Program works collaboratively in partnership with our clients’ families and caregivers to provide sound, effective ABA-supported educational programs based on the provincial curriculum followed by the schools. Our main activities are detailed below.
Assessments

Children are assessed on several measures upon intake and yearly thereafter. Results are used to determine learning goals an
Preschool ABA Program Activities
d to assess progress.
Application of learning principles

ABA Consultants design teaching programs that include the application of behavioural principles and procedures. The ABA Consultants ensure the outcomes of teaching strategies are continually monitored and change strategies if needed. They also ensure progress is demonstrated through the summary of data and production of summary graphs and break down teaching into achievable sub-goals. They also ensure prompting techniques are used to encourage independent responding and make learning rewarding, reinforcing when appropriate.
One-to-one teaching sessions

Children receive two ABA sessions every day, typically delivered by two tutors. Each session is 3-3.5 hours long. Every two weeks, the child receives one half-day off.
Clinic meetings

Meetings are led by ABA consultants every 2-4 weeks or every 2-3 months in rural areas. All team members participate to discuss current programming, successes and challenges.
Overlaps

The senior tutor provides training and supervision sessions to tutors and parents every 2-4 weeks, except in distant rural areas.

Challenging behaviour support

Behaviour Analysts specialize in supporting the improvement of challenging behaviour. Behavioural intervention plans and procedural recommendations are based on outcomes of functional assessment and analysis of challenging behaviours.

Promoting and ensuring parental involvement

Families are an integral part of their child’s education and have a significant role in supporting the ABA programs. Parents have a commitment to provide five hours of ABA programming to their children.

Annual review meetings

Families attend an annual review meeting where their child’s progress is reviewed and future goals are discussed.

One MAJOR thing with how well ABA works is parental involvement. Sadly from what I hear from our tutors, is a lot of parents us this as a form of babysitting. They have given up hope for their child and use this as a break from the craziness of living with an Autistic child. When I hear this, it breaks my heart. I can’t image the pain the parents must feel when they have lost all hope for their child. The stress this must cause for them. Also for the child. Maybe they can improve, maybe even be cured, but you have to try. I feel for that child who is trapped in his or her own world. It also makes me thank my lucky stars that my child has responded so nicely to ABA and all the other things we have been doing with him. Our tutors were saying, the children that do well have parents who work with there child. Who are commited to their childs recovery. The ABA team is important, but in the end like Glenn Doman says over and over again. Your childs best teacher is his mother and father.
For our family, I am crumby when it comes to record taking, so our reading and math homeschooling count as our ABA parent hours. I’m proud to say because of our ABA team, my son developed over 700 skills in one year. This is unheard of.
Anyhow I hope this clears up alot of questions. But if you have more please feel free to ask me 🙂
Monique