I am sorry that I have not written before about Curt. Things have been extremely busy.
When we got back from spring break last Monday, Curt displayed at least 55 acts of aggression including hitting, kicking, and pinching. We were thinking this may have been because of the long break and he wasn't used to us being back and not getting his way. Three out of the next five days, he displayed zero acts of aggression which was really good! (He always gets his way at home. NOT. He doesn't hit the other kids, just the teachers. Anti-establishment, he is.)
Monday we started implementing time out for when he starts to use aggression to get his way. After the day of 55 acts of aggression we found it necessary to start implementing it. (Duh.) Monday he went into time out twice for hitting us and we told him why he was put there and if he understood, to which he replied yes. It is amazing what wonders time out will do for Curt and him following directions and not hitting. (Duh, square.)
Last Thursday was one of best days we have had with Curt. He followed 85% of the directions that he was given, he showed no signs of aggression, and he participated in circle time really well and listened really well.
We have seen a lot of improvement in his verbal activity. During baseline we noticed that he did not say much at all, but now he is starting to open up a bit more in trying to say things to others. On several occasions he has sang in circle time, quietly but he did sing and we praised him for that. He has also been participating more in circle time with the other children. He responds very well to yes or no questions. When we ask him to identify numbers or objects he does identify them verbally.
Our intervention is definitely helping. His percentage of following directions is going up a great deal. During baseline he averaged around 30% of followed directions and now he is averaging around 70% of followed directions. He seems to respond very well to the stickers.
I hope this helps in letting you know where we are at in working with him!
Wow. 55 acts of aggression in one day. I knew my boy was an overachiever.
ETA: You must read the comment by Coyote Bebop, which puts everything into perspective. I mean now.