The game plan almost always consists of the same three basic elements:
1) Social stories
2) Reinforcement systems
3) Video modeling
I've gotten fairly good at writing my own social stories, but there was a lot riding on the whole sleep situation so I left it to the pro. My social story would have read something like "Stop trying to crawl back up my va-jay-jay and stay in your own damn bed." Amy's was much nicer and consisted of the usual "I am awesome but nervous to sleep in my own bed and I like to sleep in Mom's bed but I'm a big girl now and Mom is right across the hall and I can handle it because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!"
As for a reward system, coming up with new ones gets harder and harder. We lean on reinforcers pretty heavily, so it's easy to blow through them quickly. I have a locked cellar full of stim toys, photo albums, various bubble makers, scented markers, balloons, musical Christmas snow globes, a couple of stray cats, and Anthony from the Wiggles. But eventually even the best reinforcers get old and lose their powers. Sometimes if we're lucky we can cycle back through something that she hasn't seen in a while, which is what we did for our sleep project. She hadn't seen her Leapster (video gaming) toy for a while, so I trotted it out for just long enough for her to realize that she still liked it and then snatched it away to use as her reward for sleeping in her bed through the night.
Video modeling usually reflects either desired behavior or the undesirable behavior being corrected. In this case, Amy told me to make a movie of Audrey sleeping in her own bed and then show it to her afterwards. We've used video modeling to great success in other situations. This time, I think Audrey was just creeped out.
The plan entails her falling asleep in her own bed with me staying upstairs with her until she does. Then to the extent that I am awake when she tries to crawl into bed with me later in the night, I am to escort her back to her own bed. Lather, rinse, repeat until morning. The trick was a) waking up every time, b) hauling my tired lardy butt out of bed to bring her back to her own bed, and c) dealing with potential behaviors in the middle of the night.
Sorry to leave you hanging, but this post is getting too long. Tomorrow: The Results Show.
|I've only woken up looking like this one time,|
so I think it's going pretty well.