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Ben At School

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Ben At School

On the home front, Ben was making good progress in his discrete

trial program. He’d mastered catch and throw ball, flush toilet, hang up coat, stack dominoes, chain paper clips, blow up balloon, fold wash cloth, pour water, nod yes and no, spin quarter, empty trash, hang up picture, kick ball, and zip pants.

He’d also learned to imitate the vowel sounds in saw, see, and up, and the consonant sounds M, S, F, Wh, B, and P. My student therapists were rehabilitating him like a polio victim, restoring his atrophied neurological system.

Best of all, he had learned to imitate. I could show Ben what I wanted him to do—make a fist, stick out his tongue, cover his head with a blanket—and he would do it. He no longer needed food as a reward: “Good job, Ben!” was reinforcement enough for him. I was confident that he could learn anything we had the patience to teach him. At age eight, he was ready, I thought, for school.

But I was apprehensive about the Dallas Independent School

District. They’d fired the only teacher who’d made a breakthrough with Ben. When I picked him up or dropped him off, I often stayed for a few minutes to observe and to chat with the pupils. Jason, a bright, attractive boy, about a year older than Ben, was bouncing on a foot trampoline.

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Creativity in the kitchen and bedroom take centre stage during a conjugal visit in Susan Musgrave’s “What Would Buddha Do?”

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Chapter Thirteen Please and Thank You: Moral Development

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KNOWING THAT what people called “good manners” were simply ways of treating others with respect and kindness, Amy and Matt wanted to instill those attitudes early on in their child. Having observed other small children acting rudely, they decided it was time for Josh to learn politeness before a problem arose.

In discussing how best to teach the behaviors they wanted from him, they came up with a Whale Done way of practicing them. Matt said he wanted to be the point person, so that Saturday he and Josh sat down on the living room couch, and Matt set a bowl of Cheerios®—Josh’s favorite cereal—on the coffee table.

“You and Daddy are going to play a game, okay?” Matt announced.

Josh nodded, eyeing the Cheerios hopefully.

“The game is called ’Please and Thank You.’” Matt took one of the Cheerios and held it up. “Can you say please?” he said. As Josh reached for the cereal, Matt continued to hold it out of his reach and repeated, “Say please.”

This time Josh said, “Pease,” while continuing to reaching for the Cheerio.

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Chapter 5: Owners, Community, and Volunteers

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Chapter Five

Owners, Community, and Volunteers

Instructors and therapists conduct the actual sessions but facilities, and a lot of support, are also necessary.

A good example of a NARHA center is Rocky Top Therapy Center, established in 1990 by Doug and Vivian Newton, at their Rocky Top

Ranch, Keller, Texas. The center has achieved NARHA premier accredited status, and has grown to annually serve two hundred physically, mentally, or emotionally challenged individuals.

“We struggled to get started,” Doug recalls. “Therapeutic riding was not widely known, to the disabled, or to the community at large, and there were few instructors in the country. We were busy getting educated on the process, giving speeches to anyone who would listen, raising the necessary dollars to make our programs possible, and improving our facilities to accommodate those with special needs. Now we are finding that keeping up with growth is an even greater challenge. Because of our successes, demands for expansion are ever increasing.”

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Chapter Four The Redirection Strategy: Handling Tantrums

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“DARN IT, Tutan’s just not getting it.”

It was a hot afternoon, and Amy was discouraged after unsuccessfully trying to get one of the younger killer whales to avoid the gate that led to the performance stadium. Each time the other animals were called there to go out into the show area and perform, Tutan would dash over there. Amy walked over to the office and found Kim Lee, her coach.

“Hey, is it just me, or is Tutan a slow learner?” she said.

“What’s going on?” Kim Lee asked.

When Amy told her, she smiled. “Tutan’s just excited when he sees any of his friends called to the gate. He knows something really fun is happening out there in the stadium.”

Kim Lee’s patient, understanding tone restored Amy’s shattered confidence. She realized she hadn’t been approaching the situation from Tutan’s point of view. “So, what’s the answer?” she asked.

“When a killer whale’s acting up like this, what’s the rule?” Kim prodded.

Amy took a deep breath and thought. “Look around for the reason?” she said.

“Sounds good. In this case, the whale is going to the gate because he knows the pool beyond the gate is highly reinforcing, and the other whales are going to get to go while he has to stay in back. So next time, what could you do to make him want to stay in the back pool?”

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