I just got off the phone with JR’s SLP. The 20 minute conversation was mostly on JR’s mastering of the P2G app. He has mastered 8 different categories across 5 staff members in his classroom. The one category (requesting the bathroom) no one has taught him! This is outstanding news and again reinforces my son’s intelligence, his reading and comprehension abilities and his ability to teach himself. Jen the SLP, told me that some of the requests need him to page through 6 different pages, and he does it flawlessly.
Food is a reinforcer, but not as strong as it used to be. However, that category is one that has been mastered. And each subcategory (breakfast, dinner, drink, lunch, and snack). He is mastering colors using his touch. He is mastering the requesting of other reinforcers that he likes. His movies for example, the swing in the gym, a walk or bike ride around the property and the newest one, a bounce castle (that was generously donated by a Vista family) has been newly installed in the school gym. And JR loves those bounce rides.
Transitioning is a new realm of dealing with autism for us. Here at home JR has mastered the feeding of our cat, Abby. He has another category that we added to his P2G labeled pets. There is a single picture in this category of Abby. They are developing a bond from this experience. So much so that Abby was sleeping with JR the other night. At 5am she decided that she wanted out. Her normal rise time, as she gets up with Rodney on the days he work.
We (namely the corridnator of the transitioning team) and myself believe there is a possibility of taking the “feeding the house pet” to a wider level. Volunteering at the local human society feeding their cats. I have a call into the human society now pursuing some information on what needs to be done to get JR in there. Time will tell.