Session #4 Monday, June 17

Overview

Everything appears to be going smoothly. We are fortunate to have a well-balanced group and you can see most are engaging in social interaction with peers. The turnout for last Thursday’s webinar was impressive. You can view the recorded version by going to the Behavior Course. I will create “technology overview” video for everyone to ensure you know how to access everything.

By now, you should be getting a sense of how we are targeting individual behaviors for each student. If you didn’t make it to last weeks meetings held on Thursday and Saturday, please RSVP for this week. One of the best ways to learn about your child and our techniques is to view the videos and those are only available during the live Drop-in Parent Meetings.

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Today’s Session

We’ll be in the office until about 10:30am planning to work on our first animation. If we find they are hungry around 10am, we have trail mix bars in the office and will probably supplement with apple slices and pretzels so they can choose.

We’re leaving the office around 10:40am and walking down Ventura Blvd to California Pizza Kitchen. The temperature is predicted to be in the high 60’s or low 70’s. They have prepared a special “behind the scenes”tour of their facility and pizza-making, where the group members will be given individual sized pizzas and different ingredients and toppings to add. Their names are written on the foil to keep track of the pizzas and they’ll be having that for lunch.

After we finish, we’re heading down to Karen’s Toys to shop for raffle prizes. Our first of two raffles occurs this coming Wednesday (we will be announcing that this morning). Some of your kids will come back Wednesday with one prize, having won the blue ticket raffle, while others will have two prizes, winning both the blue ticket and hero ticket raffles. Most children handle this disappointment just fine, but if your child complains, please use this as an opportunity to be briefly be sympathetic, but also to encourage them to speak to Dr. Gale or Dr. Mazor about their concerns. Click here to view that orientation video which will open in a new browser window (I have removed the “enforced order” for the Orientation course. You may now view any lesson you wish, whether or not you have completed earlier ones.

After that, we’ll be heading back to the office to work on our animation project some more. There may be some games as well, depends on their mood and motivation.

Session #3, Friday, June 14

Good morning,

It was most considerate of the weather to cool down just in time for our trip to the Zoo. A chartered bus will be arriving at 10am and taking us to the LA Zoo in Griffith Park. Depending on the weather, we’ll either be walking through or taking the shuttle, we’re prepared for both. Dr. Mazor has the day off so Shayna and Alina will be running group with me today. We’ve been to the Zoo about 15 times, so we’re pretty familiar with things.

Your kids will have snacks just before the bus arrives and will be taking bottles of water with them. We will have lunch at either the outdoor area or the inside cafeteria (which gets really loud so we try to avoid it). We’ll have sunscreen on hand and be able to reapply as needed.

This is a full day outing so we expect to be back at 3pm. The afternoon snack will likely occur at the Zoo, plenty of choices. Once we return, we’ll either do some animation prep brainstorming, following up from last session, continue our discussion of technology use, or play games.

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions.

Dr. G.