I haven’t failed

Week 4 of the semester is in the books! Grad school is testing my time management and organizational skills, but I’ve been enjoying the challenge. No matter how prepared I am, I never know what to expect when I greet my little client at the door. There have been ups and downs for all of us as we learn how to apply what we’ve spent years learning. We’ve decided that, at this point, our job is to make mistakes and then learn from them. As Edison put it…

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This quote rings very true for me right now. I’m not sure if my client has learned anything yet, but I certainly have! There’s so much to think about in a treatment session. What behavior should I model? What should I do in response to the client’s actions? Was my utterance too long or was it something he could imitate? Did I give him enough time to respond? How can I keep his attention on the activity for longer than 3 minutes? Am I accurately collecting data? Which behaviors should I reinforce? How do I get him to stop rolling on the floor or running around the room? Am I using an effective strategy or should I try something different? Should I let him clean up or make him play for another minute? Am I smiling and having fun or am I checking my watch too often? Should I let him sit on the floor or make him come to the table? Even little things like seating arrangements at the table are significant and require planning and thought!

But then there are those precious moments when I think, “This might actually be making a difference!” Right now, those moments are few and far between, but they remind me that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

This upcoming week, we have our first exams AND STATE CONVENTION!!! WOOT WOOT!

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3 thoughts on “I haven’t failed

  1. Nana says:

    I like all the questions you have to consider. You sound more like a therapist!! So, what does the state convention entail?
    Love reading your thoughts. And, love you!

  2. Mimi says:

    This blog gives me more of an idea what you are doing. I’m sure there are times of frustration and doubts, but an acorn doesn’t turn into an oak tree in a day. God is using you and you are growing, too. Isn’t that what life is about? Love you, ttmab

  3. Papa says:

    Wow! I read through your last several posts and am reminded of what a precious young woman you are. I am so happy that you love books, you enjoy helping others and most of all you are an unashamed follower of Jesus as you prepare to serve Him and others.

    A proud papa!

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