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!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Growing Up!

Elijah is finally beginning to show some signs of maturity, meaning he is beginning to show signs of acting more his age. I have assigned him a few more chores like filling up the cat bowl with cat food and unloading the dishwasher. The dishwasher started with doing the utensils and Jacob doing the rest of the dishwasher. Elijah has finally grown a bit taller and can do the whole dishwasher with very little help. There are a few things that he cannot reach and he does need help with those but overall he is doing an awesome job with the dishwasher. Once he is done, Jacob comes in behind him and loads the dishwasher. Jacob was HAPPY to give over the chore of unloading the dishwasher.

I am also working on Elijah learning to use a key to unlock the doors to the house. I need to work on his telephone skills next.

Elijah seems quite proud of himself when he accomplishes a task. He earns tickets for doing his chores which he can trade in for Wii or computer time.

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