After three months of ABA therapy with Jack Riley I sit down with his parents, Cheryl and Mike, to discuss how therapy has impacted their lives and their perception of autism.
Love and humor is the glue that binds Mike, Cheryl and Jack Riley. In part 15 we see their unique family dynamic as well as Jack Riley making spontaneous eye contact with his therapist Jessica.
In this episode we learn that things are going to change in Jack Riley’s home.
Last week we saw Jack Riley begin to tackle self feeding. In part 13 we see him feed himself with no trouble. Each new skill acquired is a victory, but there are still many more to learn. Language to express oneself is especially important, and in this episode we see why.
Jack Riley has been in ABA therapy for the last ten weeks and they are finally tackling one of his biggest behavioral issues, feeding. Jack RIley doesn’t feed himself food and eats a very limited variety. RIght now his diet consists primarily of pancakes, applesauce, and yogurt. In part 12 we see how his therapists and parents begin to work on this skill with Jack RIley.
Jack Riley has been doing ABA therapy now for 8 weeks. He isn’t the only one learning though during these sessions. Today we see Jack Riley’s Senior therapist Jessica, give Dad a few pointers to get his son to be more verbal.
In Part 7 we see Jack Riley’s annunciation of words get even stronger. With the excitement of having a larger functional vocabulary Jack Riley displays repetitive behaviors.