Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Reward System!

So Elijah's behavior has been less than desireable for the last few weeks. He argues at hom and at school and then last week started hitting walls on the way to his room for a time out. I have not used a reward system for him for a long time. He was doing well and I just took away the computer or Wii if he misbehaved. Recently though, I have had to take these things away quite a BIT!

After talking to a friend who was over here to witness some of Elijah's behaviors I decided to try tickets AGAIN. He can earn tickets for doing chores, behaving at school, and for responding quickly when asked to do something by me. He then has to use those tickets to get computer, Will and/or Nintendo DS time. Well, we are in to day two and things are going well. He is staying off of the electronics without me having to remove them completely. When his time is up on one of the things he has earned, he is getting off quickly. We found the Time Timer to use so he has a good visual of how much time he has left while playing.

It really will come down to me being consistent with giving him tickets when he earns them and to sticking to the time limits when he choses what he wants to spend his tickets on. I will say, there has been less arguing in the last two days and when he does get irritated he isn't overreacting as much as before.

I'll keep y'all posted on how it goes.

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