The Magic of Awareness 


The meaning of  awareness:

That magical moment when the light goes on and possibly there may be a life changing moment on the horizon!!! 

Especially when it happens to a child with like K!

I don’t know if it is a degree of maturity, the birth control pills, the right mix of her medications, the effect of her school, the influence of people at her group home, the almost nonexistenting and sporadic services of the current ABA company, or a little bit of the above.

Whatever it is …. I will take it and happy to take it! 

K (as previous post will show) has always had a history of violent aggressive behaviors and self injurious behaviors. 

But this past weekend gives me a small glimmer of hope with the new awareness that K seems to slowly be obtaining.

I was told this about K:

Instead of kicking the wall or doing any number of her aggressive behaviors, K has been asking this?

K: “Kick wall. What happens if K kicks wall?”

Then K will be told she will hurt her foot, loose x,y, and z, and that my fiance will be called.

K: “NOoooooOoooooOo!”

Then she can be redirected to something else to do.

Or other times this is self directed, for example:

K: “Kick wall. What happen when K kick wall?”

K: “K hurt foot. K loose ambulance. Call J.”

K: “Bad idea.”

Then she proceeds to do something else that is appropriate.

So to me this is HUGE! This new awareness K has regarding the negative behaviors! 

We can only wait and see where this postive insight will take her!!!

Hormones!!!! 

K has had her menses (her period) since July 2015 at the tender age of 10. She had it once, and then periodically has had it in the last few months.

She does not get it consistently becuase of age and being on Risperdal. Risperdal may surpress a female’s menses as a side effect of the medication – just FYI. 

K was recently place on birth control in May 2016 at my request. It is a low dosage of estrogen. 

She has had severe aggressive in the forms of self injurious behaviors, destroying property, and being violent to other people. Apart of this, I have to contribute to those lovely hormones that puberty causes to go all out of wack. We have figured the majority of the aggression is a week before she would get her cycle. It is much like sereve PMS but comes out in behaviors.

It took me a good year to find an gynecologist that would see my daughter at a young age. Her pediatrician would not prescribed the birth control, he said he would only renew the prescription.

Anyway, K has been on the birth control sine May. Her behavior has vastly improved since being on this medication. K still has her moments, but is able to be redirected. On occasion she may need to be restained but very rarely now. 

So, I am going to keep my fingers crossed and hope that this continues to work for her.

K was wonderful over 4th of July. Very calm and happy – she really had a good time!

K playing in the pool – practicing her water dance!
K learning how to play Bocce Ball with the family!

A few weekends ago, we went picking produce. K was not to into doing that. But she was fine – there were no dread meltdowns and she was able to wait to get ice cream!!!

So yes I will take any and all improvements! 

A Build-A-Bear Earned

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Keri turned the big 10 yesterday!

She wanted to go to Build-A-Bear for her birtthday gift. Intially, Keri thought she lost the trip to Build-A-Bear becausr of her behavior 2 weeks ago. She lost her actual birthday party. But redeemed herself this past week with having good behavior and being on the new medicine  (clonidine).

We went to the mall with my boyfriend, his daughter April (7 years old & gets along well with Keri), and Sandra (my daughter’s BA). First, we went to Build-A-Bear. Keri and April made their bears.

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Then Keri, Sandra, and I went into Aeropostle to let Keri pick out a few shirts from her grandfather. Also the store wad having a 70% sale. Keri was able to pick out 4 shirts.

Then we met my boyfriend and his daughter in the food court. From there, Keri and April had a pretzel. Then they rode on the carousel to end the birthday adventure.