Over the years when my son has had issues with events at school or after school, I have posted signs on the front door to remind him about them. For example, I use to pick him up one day a week from school to take him to speech therapy. Every other day he took the bus home. He got to the point where he was throwing tantrums at school because I wasn't picking him up every day. I made little picture cards with the day of the week on them. Only one day had my picture on it. All the others had a picture of the bus an that he was to take the bus home that day. Each morning I would hand him the card for that day and reminded him if it was a bus day or a mom day. It did the trick. I did the same thing when he was refusing to work with his occupational therapist after school. On the days he saw her, I would hand him a card that had her picture on it and a picture of the ball pit (his favorite activity). The card also said that if he did his work with her then he would get to play in the ball pit for the last 5 minutes. It worked. My door is metal so I just use magnets on the back of the signs if they are a long term thing. I save the adds, business cards and what nots that have magnets on the back (you know like the ones Capital One mailers use to come with). I run them through a sticker maker and put them on what ever I want to hang up.
When I make brownies, they are gluten and dairy free. I have to say that I would eat them any day of the week. Which is why I always freeze at least half of the brownies as soon as they cool. My son would also eat the whole pan in the blink of an eye. This means that I have some brownies on hand for later when we need the extra incentive or just for an extra special treat. I love how his face lights up when I tell him I have brownies.
Rebecca here. Katrina, I love all these great ideas! It is always great to get a glimpse into your life and what you have to deal with. One thing I find particularly interesting is how most of this stuff can relate to all children, and not just ones with Autism or special needs! So many of these ideas would be great for me to use with my kids. I love the poster on the door...with.the.incentive! Brilliant!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your kind words. You'll never know how much that means to me. Your kind words are my incentive. I don't take much time out for myself, but this blog is something that I do for myself and myself alone. Except that I am happy to be doing it with my beautiful SILS!