Monday, September 20, 2010

Meet the Therapists: Melanie

For my third installment of "Meet the Therapists", I'd like to introduce you to Melanie who is another member of our home ABA team.  I have to admit that it's harder to come up with material about Melanie compared to the first two therapists that I've featured.  She doesn't have a loony-bird smile like Lauren, or try to make people think that she's African-American like Raven.  She only just keeps her head down and works her ass off for the benefit of my daughter.  Melanie has a work ethic that from my experience is not typical of her generation.  She is the type of person who listens to all of my bull-roar when she arrives for a session and then tacks on time at the end to make up for it.  Which I do not recommend because it just encourages me.

When we first initiated a program of conversation questions, one of them was "What's your favorite TV show?"  Thanks to Melanie, Audrey went around school telling everyone that her favorite TV shows were  The Bachelor and something that sounded like "Mary Adamle" which we later figured out was Grey's Anatomy.

In Audrey's quest to give everyone a goofy name, e.g.: Lorraine for Lauren; Ravine/Ravinia for Raven, she calls Melanie either Mel-AH-nie or Mel-ini.  So Melanie started calling her Audrini in return, and then expanded it to "Audrini Postini the Bicycle Queenie" because of their frequent bike-riding practice sessions.

The Bicycle Queenies

Audrey liked that name and started drawing renderings of herself on a bike with the name Audrini Postini (not her actual last name) above the picture.   Then next thing I know, she's bringing worksheets home from school filled out as follows:

I expect that this will be brought up this Friday at the first parent-teacher conference of the year.  I'm going to tell them that she was going for a dark and edgy alter ego but Sasha Fierce was already taken.

I'm sorry to say that Audrey holds some long-standing grudges against Melanie.  About a year and a half ago, Audrey felt that she was made to draw a picture of a truck by Melanie.  None of us really remembers this incident, but Audrey has never forgotten it.  Whenever she gets mad at Melanie, she never fails to throw it up in her face.  I asked Audrey to favor me with a song about Melanie on the piano, thinking it would be cute to add a video of it to this post.  Her repertoire of made-up songs has expanded and she now sets them to tunes other than "Love Me Tender".  But in this case, she reverted back to the tried and true and pounded out, "I WON'T DRAW.  I WON'T DRAW.  I WON'T DRAW A TRUCK!"  OK sister, it's time to let it go.

Notwithstanding the truck-drawing incident, Audrey loves Melanie and we are so lucky to have her on our team.  Thanks for everything Melanie!


  1. HAHAHAHA! Love the alter boy for quite while insisted that he was a duck. It does make for interesting parent teacher conferences. It is beyond wonderful when you find someone who works so very hard to give your kids what they need..I do wish though that you had included the"I won't draw a truck" lament..;0

  2. Okay, I'm dying at thinking of Audrey pounding out her frustration at drawing a truck, or rather, NEVER doing it again! I love that you are recognizing the team of wonderful women who make up Audrey's team. I love reading about them, and this one definitely didn't disappoint.

  3. Audrini is such a hoot! You are NEVER going to run out of blog material! How lucky you are to have providers you like so much. We love our home ABA behaviorist. But, alas, my daughter's ABA is coming to an end. We only have a few sessions left with her (sob, sob). I'm going to miss her tons, and I know my daughter will too!

  4. Who doesn't want an ABA team with Melanie clones. :) It's obvious Audrey loves Melanie. After all, she dedicated a song to her. Bravo Audrey & Melanie!!

  5. "Audrini Postini" would make a great title to her first album. And I'm thinking "I WON'T DRAW A TRUCK" would kill as a single.

    Very jealous about your awesome ABA team. We got bad news about our ABA coverage today. More on that later...

  6. First, there is nothing wrong with alter egos and/or stage names. Second, I think my wife may be related to Audrini Postini in that there have been several "truck drawing incidents" throughout our marriage of which I am continually reminded. I know how Melanie feels.

  7. LOL LOL
    her not so Dark alter ego is soooooo cute

  8. Audrini Postini...LOL!! That's funny!

    These are the things that make it all tolerable.

  9. I watched Mary Adamle for the first time the other night. Pretty intense; some gunman loose in the hospital. I don't think I'll watch it again, but it was entertaining.

    And I have to say, I am kinda with Audrey on the truck thing. I would be holding a grudge too. How lame is drawing a truck?