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Rett’s First Team Meeting

August 16, 2012



We hosted Rett’s first ABA team meeting at our house last night. It was me, Kristi and Starr (his two therapists) and Shilpa who is our team lead.  We discussed the results of the VB-MAPP which tests to show where he needs to start learning skills/information.  Unfortunately because Rett wasn’t used to Starr at this point and because he wasn’t used to having to answer questions, the results weren’t all that accurate. And because it happened so long ago, Rett has already made a lot of progress. They will have to reassess him in 3 months so that one will show more accurately where his skills are.  They show it by an age base so if he’s functioning at 0-18 months, 18-30 or 30-48 months.


He has all the skills for 0-18 months but does have some goals in the 18-30 months and also the 30-48 month range. None of it was very surprising.  Things that we consider a strength for him, he is performing at closer to a typical level. Such as independent play and labeling things.  Stuff that we consider problem areas, he’s performing lower. Such as answering questions and doing some block work. He only got 57% of the 18-30 month testing correct and 12% of the 30-48 months.  They did say that since they gave the test he is doing a lot more already though so he is moving along.


They also did a Functional Behavior Analysis to look at behaviors that come between Rett and learning.  This includes leaving the table where he’s being taught, crying, refusing to do what he’s told. Everything was mild. He also has had a few cases of wetting his pants during instruction.  They are pretty sure it is on purpose but I’m not 100% positive if its on purpose or he’s just so upset he can’t request to go potty and has waited to long to calm down and ask.  He has so far done that once for Kristi, once for Starr and once for me. For me he was in time out and wet his pants which I do think was on purpose.  So we came up with a plan for that.


Overall, they were all very pleased with how much progress Rett has made so far and how well he has adjusted to the program.  They are adding more programs for him to work on and while we have had a slow start, I’m hoping that now he will be able tot take off.  Things may slow down once they get to more challenging things or things more toward age level.  It will definitely be an interesting journey!




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