Session #4 Monday, June 17


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.

Session #2, Wednesday, June 12

The weather today is expected to be hot, up to 91 degrees by 1pm or so. We are headed to a nice, cool, bowling alley, Pinz, in Studio City for 1-2 hours of play between bowling and the arcades. To get there, we will be boarding the 150 or 240 MTA bus around 9:30am that stop right in front of Gelsons, next to our office. We’ll arrive at the bowling alley just before 10am head in, get shoes, and start playing. There will be 3 lanes.

For a snack today, we’ll be ordering bagels with cream cheese and a pitcher of water. We typically start the kids off with 1/2 and offer seconds to those who want it. After bowling, we will play in the arcade, but it’s much more limited than what kids are used to. Staff will have the access cards and the students need to find a staff and ask for them to provide access to the game. Manners count. Also, we don’t require, but do encourage finding games where they can play in pairs (air hockey is a personal favorite for the kids). We do not permit use of the games where they receive candy or prizes. Once a child has played a game, possibly two, they are encouraged to watch other kids play for a bit. Each child will be able to play up to a maximum of three games.

Once we’re done at Pinz (and, depending, there is a chance we will depart for lunch, then return for the arcade, depends on timing), We’ll head next door to Carneys (the Train) for lunch. It is expected to be about 83 at that time in Studio City, so we may be outside in the shade or indoors. We’ll decide once we are there. The kids can have hot dogs, hamburgers, thai wraps, tuna, and vegetarian choices, plus either a smaller sized soda or a small shake. They can get fries too if they wish, sometimes we have then share them and divide them up.

Afterwards, if we’ll either head back by bus to the office or go for the arcade. Once we return to the office, there are a few kids who haven’t set goals — we’ll give them a second chance, but accept if they decline. (For some, just establishing a goal becomes the goal). That will leave about 1 hour or less. We will either begin discussing computer animation and what goes into that or we’ll play some games.

Session #1: Monday, June 10

Today is our first day of group and everyone is just getting settled in. We have a total of 5 staff today because everyone is getting to know your kids. In the future, there will typically be three staff, with an occasional 4th person if we feel it is warranted.

We call today a “Close to Home Group.” The kids will spend the majority of the day in the office as we have morning orientation activities. The group will be going for a snack at 10am, will have lunch around noon, and an afternoon snack at 2-3pm. We’re monitoring the weather for today which will determine if we go to a park and which one of two parks we visit (Libbit Park or Encino Park). If it seems too warm, we’ll be playing games in the office.

Each child will have a water bottle with his or her name on it and will refill it as the day progresses as needed. We encourage frequent water consumption when we’re outside.

At the end of the day. I will publish an audio podcast summarizing today’s events. You will be notified when this occurs.

You will receive information about the course for this week tomorrow and there will be a webinar held Thursday at 7pm. More about that tomorrow.

That’s it for now. Remember, you can reach us anytime via email or by calling our office and putting in the code you were given. We do not use text messaging.

That’s it for now!

Dr. G.