How Does One Spell Progress?

Summer is winding down. Le Sigh.

Soon, B will begin yet another change – going to a new ECSE school and staying at his aftercare. I’ve been back and forth with the various parties involved – hopefully I can get him placed in an ECSE program near our home and his aftercare. You know, one that won’t require an 1 1/2 hour bus ride in the mornings. 🙂

I’m also working to see if he can get into an after-school  program. Because quite frankly, our work schedules have been affected. We need to get B somewhere where we can pick him up at a relatively normal time versus the 3:30PM we have been doing.

But that’s all being worked out as we speak. I hope.

This morning, I met with B’s Program Director. This is the same school that he attended after his ECSE morning session – he went full-time during this summer. I wasn’t sure what to expect from our first parent-teacher conference, but have to say I was happy to hear that he is doing well.

The school performed a VB-MAPP (Verbal Behavior – Milestone Assessment and Placement Program) assessment. The VB-MAPP, developed by Dr. Mark Sundberg, is based on B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior, typical language milestones, and field-test data.

See Related: Dr. Mark Sundberg’s VB-MAPP

There are three developmental areas and 16 different skill areas. Overall, the Program Director said that B is right around where he should be. In many aspects, he is solidly in Level 3 (30-48 months). However, there are some areas that he scored Level 2 (18-30 months). I was assured that it’s normal for something like that to occur, since there are about 170 verbal behavior milestones involved. Ideally, the goal would be that by Kindergarten he would be in Level 3 completely.

For example – he still speaks about himself in the third person (the “Bob Dole Effect” or Illeism). He also confuses he/she, him/her, and so forth. In addition, B also needs encouragement to ask for help from his buddies and cooperating with them.

But there is a lot of progress. He has gotten better about better verbalizing his requests (like, “I want some milk”) and is able to sit at his group snack/lunch table without negative behavior. That last part is HUGE for us, as it gives us hope that this behavior will continue.

He’s also much better about writing, though he likes to add on a extra letter or five to his name. But speaking of writing, last night he was asking me for words so that he could practice on a magnetic writing board. At first he just wrote a bunch of letters – I would say “APPLE” and it was “AJMR”. But then I wrote out “BALL” for him to try out. And, behold, he did that just that! Husband and I were impressed, to say the least. It was a great magic moment.

Who cares if he mixed up his upper and lowercase letters? It’s a legible word!

The Mommy Mess


About OneLoCoMommy

I live in Northern Virginia and and I look like the stereotypical suburban mom, for better or for worse. My son plays baseball and takes karate (albeit adaptive). My daughter is a gymnastics diva but rolls with the boys in T-ball. I've been a Room Mom and Playdate Coordinator. I work full-time, try to work out, and love my Book Club. However, I also blog on my experiences on our ASD, SPD and ADHD journey while trying to be a better parent advocate. All in a life's work.
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13 Responses to How Does One Spell Progress?

  1. Love the magic moments! So glad for you that he’s doing well. This parenting stuff is HARD! Sounds like you’re doing something right.


  2. Julie says:

    Yay for progress and those magic moments! Celebrate the little things, because they are really the big things!


  3. Christine says:

    Progress is measured much more by little moments with a Magna Doodle that it ever will be with all the standardized testing in the world! Congrats to B!


  4. It is wonderful to really be able to SEE that progress. That is definitely a magic moment.


  5. Lisa Howard says:

    Hi! Stopping by from The Mommy Mess. So glad to have found your blog. To echo all the other comments…magic moments are priceless!


  6. I love these kinds of milestones. It’s nice to see where you were at 1 year (or so) ago. I bet he’s come leaps and bounds still since this post! 😉 Good job, mama!


  7. Stacey says:

    Every little milestone counts! (and to this day I still mix up my capitals and lowercase letters in words…just out of habit!)


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