I explained about Toms behaviour and how he was reluctant when demands were made of him.
Tom is 6, non verbal and when he started in an ABA preschool he began hitting himself, banging his head on the floor, slumping to the ground. He does enjoy activities such as swimming, horse riding and going to the playground, but it’s difficult when we leave. He refuses to walk and would rather sit in a pram! He is able to do his work in school, when he feels like it! Enda felt that Tom is a very bright boy with a lot of energy to use.
Enda suggested that we practice getting Tom to do things he doesn’t like or want to do. He suggested getting Tom out running and exercising more. I’ve brought Thomas into a nearby field. After the first day he was in good form after we ran him up and down the field but when Tom noticed a pattern he fought me all the way, refusing to move off the ground, biting me and gave me a good headbutt! Its exhausting and we dont get out as often as I’d like due to the short days but we are working on it.
Enda didn’t feel Tom was ready for the ALL programme yet and he is right. If I can’t get Thomas to cooperate with a walk yet, chances are he won’t fully cooperate to sit at a computer to use the programme. However, we will get there and I really appreciate Enda being honest and explaining it so well to me. We will keep working on gaining ‘instructional control’ with Tom. I am looking forward to starting the programme with him, I feel it will be of huge benefit to him.
I would recommend anyone who is interested in the programme to speak with Enda. If he feels your child isn’t ready he will say so and let you know what you need to do to prepare your child. Enda has autistic twins, he has been there and has the experience himself. Also, join in the Facebook parent chat group, there is great information there to help you along your way.