Little Victories, Baby Steps, & Good Karma

Last week, I opened about my down in the dumps-wine on a school night-feeling sorry for myself job stress. I was overwhelmed by all of your supportive and commiserating comments. It made me feel so much less alone and I hope it was helpful for you all to hear from your autism community too. Maybe we need to vent a little more often? ๐Ÿ™‚ But along with some venting – let’s jump to the other side of the table. Let’s share the moments that get us through the hard times. The little victories that only a fellow special ed professional would understand. The overjoy of finally hearing your student respond appropriately when you greet them after a string tireless months of practice is just not appreciated by my business world brained husband!

So let’s share the baby steps that we make that let us know we re in the right place. Share the good karma that is coming you way because friends – let’s face it – after getting bit or kicked you KNOW some good karma has got to be coming to you.

My moments:

Good Karma:ย I shared this on my facebook last week but I cannot resist sharing it again because I am still glowing and beaming about this. We took part of my class and part of my coworker’s class on a community trip to a local diner. We practice finding the bus route, paying bus fare, ordering food, manners, social skills, etc. When we arrived at the restaurant a couple at a nearby table complimented our great behavior and asked about where we from. I didn’t think any of it until the end of our meal approached and our waitress told us the couple had taken care of our complete bill! We had 11 people! That bill was not cheap. I teared up. Such a sap. This sounds corny, but it renewed my faith in the goodness of people. There are generous and giving people out there! AHHHH. Still amazed!

Little Victory:ย I have one student who is crazy afraid of fire drills. It causes massive issues. We have one fire drill a month and it’s always on a Friday morning. Of course, he has picked up on this schedule and is out of control Friday mornings. I swear, a bus will come to a slow stop 3 blocks away ย and this kids hears and assumes it’s a fire engine and sprints down the four flights of stairs to the front doorway. It’s exhausting. BUT, last Friday, with the help of my good ole’ Behavior Contingency Map and the high powered reinforcer of Home Alone 2 on You Tube – on Friday, when he heard a loud vehicle approaching, he politely asked me paraprofessional, “Excuse me, what is that outside?” When he heard it wasn’t a firetruck, he went back to completing his reading center. #WINNING

 

So link a blog post or share a comment – what has happened in your work life lately that has rocked your world? Share a little love and make us all smile ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

And I’ve got some quotes for ya:

The Autism Helper - Little Victories

The Autism Helper - Little Victories

The Autism Helper - Little Victories

The Autism Helper - Little Victories

 

The Autism Helper - Little Victories

The Autism Helper - Little Victories

The Autism Helper - Little Victories

 

ย The Autism Helper - Little Victories
The Autism Helper - Little Victories
The Autism Helper - Little Victories
The Autism Helper - Little Victories
The Autism Helper - Little Victories
The Autism Helper - Little Victories
The Autism Helper - Little Victories
The Autism Helper - Little Victories

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Feeling stressed about working on toileting with a very low functioning student. We are a new classroom in my district, and no body seems to understand what we do in here and the fact that we’d work on toileting is mind boggling to them.
    BUT with this student we’ve gone from 16 accidents per month, to 5! The proof is in the data! I love doing the potty dance when he goes on the toilet!

    P.S. I am also obsessed with quotes and I printed a bunch of these to put up in my Intensive Teaching corner ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the daily ideas and encouragement Sasha!

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  2. Congrats on the fire drill success! That’s so amazing!!!

    We have been working on replacement phrases with one of my students who swears all the time – today he added one more to our list: “holy macaroni”. He was so happy to use that phrase that he came up with on his own, it was awesome!

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  3. One of my limited-verbal kiddos has been working on using pre-written scripts throughout the day to request items or interact with peers. This week she came up to me, said my name and “I need iPad please” without any adult prompts or scripting cues! Such a small but amazing victory!

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  4. Love the quotes. I might print out some of these too. Thanks for the post! We don’t often celebrate our accomplishments. I had a major potty training victory this week!

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  5. One of my signing students signed to his peer for the first time unprompted this week! Also other little guy has stopped his screaming behavior after 2 LONG days of using our behavior management system! One step closer to dealing appropriately with correction!

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  6. During my guided reading center on Friday with my low group, one of my students who I often question whether or not she is listening, answered both journal entries correctly. She answered both the comprehension question and supporting your answer with a fact from the story correctly and was adamant with her responses. She was the only one in my whole class to get both of these correct! These were hard journal questions! I was so proud of her, and it really goes to show that exposure to higher level materials is key to pushing our students forward!

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  7. Ugh – toileting is SO challenging! I feel ya! Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Holy macaroni! I love it! Thanks for sharing, Brie ๐Ÿ™‚

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