I majored in Psychology. The original plan was to go into research. But I loved being on the floor so much I couldn't stand being behind books all day. My focus was on behavioral therapy also known as applied behavioral analyst. What we do is we teach behavior. Children with autism learn differently. They need us to teach them what sad feels like, or when to be happy.
My passion all began when I was 19. I started nannying for a family with twin boys they just turned 3 when I first met them. When we first met they didn't say a word. They spent a lot of time looking out the windows or being fixated on a certain object. My job was simple then, drive them to therapy, engage them in appropriate play and talk to them. At the time I had no idea who I was going to be. But I fell in love with them. Everyday I went to work determined to find a way to break through to get them to say hello. After 6 months working for the family. I was packing up to leave for the night and one of the boys ran to the door and hugged me goodbye! My heart dropped. Tears fell down my face. And I didn't want to let go. These boys rarely touched anyone. And even the softest touch would trigger a melt down. But there I was standing at the door holding this sweet sweet boy who finally recognized me. He finally saw me! From that day on I knew exactly what I wanted to in my life!
In the mornings I worked at an early intervention school for toddlers just being diagnosed, afternoon I would nanny, then late afternoon I did 1:1 therapy in homes and at night I went to school. Talk about life right!?! But I wanted this. I nannied for those boys for 7 years. I couldn't let go and I hated they were outgrowing me. They've become so independent and I am proud to say they are in mainstream elementary school. Two very social bees and at the top of there class! After Kieran was born I tried to work for them part time, but I just couldn't do it. I loved them so much but I also wanted to give Kieran the same love and attention I've been giving them all these years.
Kieran became my life. I decided to put down the big goals for awhile and dedicate my life to raising an intelligent, well mannered boy. Today I still continue to apply my work everyday with Kieran. I believe and stand by that their is NO SUCH THING AS TERRIBLE TWO's. Behavior can be shaped, molded and learned.
So this is where this blog comes in play. I miss my work. And I miss being able to share my experience. My goal here with you is to share my approach in raising Kieran. I hope I can give you all some knowledge and ideas on how to approach behavior.
Along with that, I would love to share our day to day. And hey I promise I'll post some outfit of the day blogs. But more than anything I want to reach out to you guys deeper.
I hope I did ok for my first blog. This is all pretty new to me. And please bare with me I will work on my grammar. It's been awhile.....