"These happy golden years are passing by, these happy golden years." Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, February 18, 2012

One Year

... to make a difference.

Nathan had intensive behavior intervention (IBI) for one year.   Somehow, with all of the work involved, a light was switched on and family life has resumed to normal.  I LIKE the new normal.  Maturing has been a big help.  But, all of the little gimmicks we used to 'train' up our child have been dropped (for the most part) and new (much improved) behavior has been firmly established.

Nathan .. Ready for a ride
I no longer live and breath in fear and for that, I praise God.  Nathan continually brings home notes from his teacher that he had a good day.  He plays hard at P.E. ... is learning to use his iPad for communication at school, attends an after school program twice a week .. and is awaiting anxiously for spring so he can start his developmental (horseback) riding lessons.  And this from a boy that had to be pulled through the horse barn just two years ago at the fair!  A few summers ago he 'went through' three or four summer camp aides ... two days of Nathan was enough to send them looking for another job or be reassigned.  That's the summer we met Miss Paula (an interventionist).. and our journey began with IBI.

If you are the parent of a special needs child needing behavior modifications, have a talk with your pediatrician by mentioning your concerns.  We would have never gotten help had I not spoken up during a routine yearly medical exam; that's when our doctor recommended IBI.


9 comments:

Jim said...

Hi M&M ~~ Now you praise God for Paula and IBI. I will praise Him with you.
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FlowerLady said...

This is a great post to read Mrs. Mac, and a time of rejoicing for all. God's blessings are bountiful.

Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Kathryn said...

Yea! Hooray for Nathan! And for caring parents. :)

Sandy said...

Answered prayers are always something to rejoice about. I am so happy for all of you. Praise God for His direction and guidance. How wonderful.
Love,
Sandy

Trish said...

Our God is awesome! So thankful for Miss Paula and the changes in our Nathan. It has made your burdens light and I rejoice in this! Big Hugs!

Margie said...

God is so good!!!! Glad to see our young man is growing up!

Maggie Ann said...

Good for your Nathan! The horseback riding sounds like something a boy would love.

Jada's Gigi said...

SO happy to hear of Nathan's maturity. I know you are rejoicing! No more fear!!

Amrita said...

Just saw Terry 's greetings.

Happy birthday Nathan. God bless you