Heidi October 8th, 2009
Oh man, this is going to taste sooooo good…..
Uh–whoops! You weren’t supposed to see that.
Now wait just a minute….. There was something I was supposed to tell you….. Oh, yeah!
Hi, Everyone! Sir Snuggles here to give you the latest update on my big brother.
He did awesome today. He didn’t have a single accident and then earned nine books for something…..
And two books for something else. (Sorry! I can’t remember what it was, but Mommy does because this is her special way of taking data).
Speaking of data, did you know that Mommy loves data? It’s true. She said that when she went to graduate school, she fell in love with data. So now, whenever she’s trying to understand or figure out something, she takes data on it to help her.
Like after she gave birth to Bubbers, she was trying to figure out what his sleep habits were, so she posted Dr. Ferber’s sleep chart outside the nursery door and took data on every time Bubbers slept. It was really, really helpful and she loved it so much that she still takes data on his sleep over 2 years later.
And now that I’m here, she takes data on my sleep, too.
And whenever someone sees her charts, they think she’s a little looney and ask what it is and why she does it. She says it helps her see patterns, understand what’s really going on (not just what her inaccurate memory tells her) and then enables her to make informed decisions if she wants to change something with our schedule.
So, when she decided to potty train Bubbers, she used the book reward system and her blog to take data on each day so she can remember what happened, what she did, what was effective and what she learned so she can use it to help her the next time she’s potty training someone (like me!).
And so far, the data is looking really good (though probably boring to anyone else but my Mom–sorry!!)…..
Day One (started training after his nap):
6+ accidents (regrets using underpants to start with); 3 successes; Jelly Bellies & books at high reinforcement ratios
3 accidents; 4 successes; same reinforcement ratios; introduced DVD player to encourage compliance in waiting for longer periods or in solitude
2.5 accidents (after putting on clothes too soon); 5 successes; dry in morning and after “nap”; same reinforcement ratios; less DVD player
0 accidents; 9 + 1 successes; dry in morning and after “nap”; Jelly Bellies at lower reinforcement ratio; books at same reinforcement ratio; faded out DVD player
plan for same Jelly Belly ratio, but lower book ratio; start transitioning back to clothes
Also, she quickly faded out the portable DVD player this morning (sorry, Goofy!) because Bubbers didn’t need it anymore and it was making him cranky. She also scaled back the Jelly Bellies to only one for each success and nothing if he doesn’t produce. (She’s grateful to have these tools to help her teach Bubbers quickly, but she feels relieved to fade them out as soon as possible).
And tomorrow, she’s also going to scale back the books to one for every two or three productions, since he’s doing so well and she wants to have at least a few of the original 65 books leftover to give us for Christmas.
Phew! Did you catch all that? If not, that’s okay.
Just know that my big brother is doing such a good job.
And we’re all really proud of him!
(p.s. These pictures were taken last month, before part of Mommy died).