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, February 22, 2011

Update on Behavior

Elijah is doing well these days. He had good days on Thursday and Friday of last week and another good day today. There was no school yesterday! He and brother did well home alone yesterday. Jacob is almost 15 and more than capable of babysitting his brother, thank goodness!!

The reward system continues to go well. He uses his tickets to "pay" for time on the computer or Wii. He is doing jobs around the house to earn tickets. Tonight I told him his time was up on the Wii and he said, "yes m'am" and got off of the Wii. That earned him a ticket!!! I try to add those tickets in randomly when he is really good!

I am hoping this behavior continues for a while! I also have got to remember to be consistent with tickets and discipline. It is easy to let up when things are going well and things get worse and it is because I have backed off!


  1. I love reading your posts! How inspiring that your family is so happy. I actually am looking into becoming a teacher of the deaf (I am currently in college majoring in education) and am learning ASL. I think that your reward system is a good idea with Elijah, and I hope it keeps working for you!

  2. Kaylyn,
    Thanks so much! I wish you well on your journey into becoming a teacher of the deaf! Glad you like the reward system. Now I just have to keep the consistency. He had a great week at school this week.