Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Elijah did great at his soccer game today. He started out a little iffy before the game. he was pointing that finger of his and yelling at others. I had a discussion with him and he straightened out. He did well on the sidelines and when he was put in he actually kicked the ball a few times! He also wasn't out there being silly which was nice!

We got home around 12:30 and Jacob was still sleeping. What a teen! Elijah is now back to playing the Wii but he earned it with his performance at soccer.

Elijah is now on Level 2 at school! He has to earn points to move up to another level. He has been stuck at level 1 for several weeks. HIs teacher talked to her boss and we have tweaked his program to give him more of an incentive to behave in PE. He gets an immediate reward after PE if he doesn't hit or kick anyone. So far that has helped. He has to get to level 4 to get to eat in the cafeteria for lunch and to level 5 to get recess.

His tics have subsided some this week too and aren't as noticeable. Although last night after his bath he decided to "tease" brother, but his teasing meant getting in brother's face and having tics. Jacob didn't appreciate it, but he called for help. Of course, Elijah had no CIs on so he couldn't hear me so I had to get his attention and sign for him to stop. Of course, when behavior is good at school he sometimes acts up more at home! This was nothing too serious, but I am glad Jacob is mature enough not to blow his stack at his brother!

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