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!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Overall, Elijah's behavior has improved 200% except for in PE. It isn't like he is being awful, he just does things before thinking. Like today, they had jump ropes and he swung the rope around and hit a girl. He didn't do it on purpose, but it is still considered a hit and so his points are frozen. Quick recap...he is on a behavior plan and has to earn points to move up in levels. He started on level 1 and if he hits he moved down a level(like on level 2 and he hits so he moves back to level 1). He was doing great, but still stuck at level 1, so we tweaked things and he is on level 4 now.

He has fewer privledges on level 1 and as he moves through the levels he gets more privledges. On Level 4 he gets to eat in the cafeteria and he has his desk OUT of a cubicle. Now he needs this structure, but it is just frustrating that PE is holding him down. That is his last hurdle. I am really just venting. He is 9 years old and in 3rd grade. He has to learn to be careful, but when you compare him to this time last year you wouldn't even see the same child. You would think they were two different children.

OK my vent is over. He will make it, he has made too much progress for me to get down now. He just has to try harder!

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