We'd been doing a PLAY program at home but I sucked at it. I'm just not a "play" kind of girl. ABA, I can do that- it's drilling and sitting at the table and circling yeses and nos and it's just way more my style. Free playing?? yuk. So, it became apparent that we'd need someone else in the house doing this kind of play with Little Bird. Our play therapist at the time told me that he knew the perfect person but that she'd been with another family and he'd get in trouble if he told me to steal her away. So, he suggested I just send her a message via facebook and say, "oh, I saw that you do with with so-and-so and I'm looking to get someone in our home doing some work with my little girl, blah blah blah." Well, it worked! She came over, got to know the bird and they both fell in love. They have a lot of fun together. Sarah just gets the bird. She knows the bird pretty well and gets really excited when she's doing well. That's an amazing measure of someone's commitment to my child: that she gets thrilled to see progress. In fact, about 2 months ago when I went out of town, Sarah stayed with Little Bird and while they're usually in our house, she took her to her boyfriend's family gatherings where she was blown away by how the bird was able to interact with other people (always adults over pesky, unpredictable kids). Her excitement and enthusiasm reminds me that the people who work with my kid are really committed and care so much about her. I love having people like this on my team.
Sarah is the best. She's been with us for about a year and a half now. And I'm not kidding about trying to get her to drop her life and her goals and just coming to live with us. FOREVER!!!