Saria Smiles

Life with an Aspergers Child


May 2012

The ABA therapist first visit

Emily, the ABA therapist came on Friday evening.

After an introduction and some questions, she got to business and asked us what behaviors we wanted to target.

We had a hard time quantifying the most problematic behaviors. Mostly it was Saria’s need to have everything her way and her inability to control her frustration which leads to horrible tantrums. Not sure we were on the right path, I asked Emily what behaviors parents usually try to target. Emily said that tantrums and not following directions were the two primary ones. Those were basically the problems we identified, with not following directions very similar to Saria only doing what she wanted to do, and requiring everyone to do what she wanted.

The therapist has us tracking Saria’s problem behaviors for a week, including tracking the “immediate antecedent” and the “immediate consequence”, in order to determine if Saria’s behavior is the result of the desire for attention, materials, escape, or sensory stimulation.



Nice germs

Saria was asking me if germs had brains, and I said “No”.

“Why not, because then they’d be nice germs?”

I said, “I don’t know why.”

“Are there any nice germs?”, she asked.

“There are germs in your stomach that help you digest food.”

In an attempt to prove her hypothesis, she asked, “Oh, do the germs in your stomach have brains?!”

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