(Amy & Mike)
Schedule we used the EASe 1: We got
the disc as soon as it was available but had difficulty getting Jacob to listen
to it with headphones in his home setting. He underwent AIT in a pleasant clinic
setting in DEC of 95 but that is different from getting him to comply at home.
Plus we have two other little boys that need our attention. We had set the disc
aside until we read a posting on the ME list that indicated a family had had success
with having their child listen at night after he had gone to sleep. This is what
we have been doing for two weeks. For the first 10 days we had him listen for
an hour after he was asleep. Now for four days we have reduced it to one half
hour. We are continuing with this schedule.
We are doing several interventions
with him so it is difficult to determine cause and effect. But he is more affectionate
lately--hugging tighter, was kissing his little brother and taking his hand and
holding it in the car just yesterday. Also, he is starting to more regularly put
together two word phrases--come back, get out, stop it, sit down. He is singing
songs more but had just started singing a little prior to EASe. He seems to have
a lot of central auditory processing issues but doesn't really have enough language
to be evaluated for this. One of his few stims has been to bang his head into
a pillow or bed--I have noticed that this seems to have stopped over the past
few days or is at least greatly reduced. It is a behavior I would witness a few
times a day and I don't recall seeing it for a few days.
Please let me
know if you have any comments. We are not looking for miracles but feel that every
little bit helps. We would like to continue using the disc until 2 becomes available
and would like to just charge 2 to our visa. I hope that 8 weeks isn't too long
for him to continue listening to 1. We are using high quality headphones and setting
the player to random.
Amy N. Mike R.