Please see last week’s blog post for an explanation of what’s going on here. Then dive on in! This is the second and final installment.

Adapting (start ages 1+)

  1. Changes easily from one at-home activity to another SOMETIMES
  2. Says “thank you” when given something NEVER
  3. Changes behavior depending on how well he or she knows another person (for example, acts differently with family member than with stranger, etc.) SOMETIMES
  4. Chews with mouth closed SOMETIMES
  5. Says “please” when asking for something NEVER
  6. Ends conversations appropriately (for example, says “Good-bye”; “see you later”; etc.) NEVER
  7. Cleans or wipes face and hands during and/or after meals NEVER
  8. Responds appropriately to reasonable changes in routine (for example, refrains from complaining, etc.) SOMETIMES
  9. Says that he or she is sorry for unintended mistakes (for example, bumping into someone, etc.) NEVER
  10. Chooses not to taunt, tease, or bully NEVER
  11. Acts appropriately when introduced to strangers (for example, nods, smiles, shakes hands, greets them, etc.) NEVER
  12. Changes voice level depending on location or situation (for example, in a library, during a movie or play, etc.) NEVER

Using Large Muscles (skipping start ages 0-1 and 2-4; starting with start ages 5-6)

  1. Throws ball of any size in specific direction USUALLY
  2. Catches beach ball-sized ball with both hands from a distance of 2 or 3 feet NEVER
  3. Walks up stairs, alternating feet; may use railing USUALLY
  4. Pedals tricycle or other three-wheeled toy for at least 6 feet SOMETIMES
  5. Jumps or hops forward at least three times USUALLY
  6. Hops on one foot at least once without falling; may hold on to something for balance USUALLY
  7. Climbs on and off high objects (for example, jungle gym, 4-foot slide ladder, etc.) USUALLY
  8. Walks down stairs, alternating feet; may use railing USUALLY
  9. Runs smoothly, with changes in speed and direction SOMETIMES
  10. Rides bicycle with training wheels for at least 10 feet NEVER
  11. Catches beach ball-sized ball (from at least 6 feet away) with both hands NEVER
  12. Hops forward on one foot with ease SOMETIMES
  13. Skips at least 5 feet SOMETIMES
  14. Catches tennis or baseball-sized ball (from at least 10 feet away), moving to catch it if necessary NEVER
  15. Rides bicycle with no training wheels without falling NEVER

This is the first time we’ve made it to the end of the section! Yay Dar!

Using Small Muscles (skipping start ages 0-4; starting with start ages 5-6)

  1. Unwraps small objects (for example, gum or candy) SOMETIMES
  2. Completes simple puzzle of at least two pieces or shapes SOMETIMES
  3. Turns book or magazine pages one by one USUALLY
  4. Uses twisting hand-wrist motion (for example, winds up toy, screws/unscrews lid of jar, etc.) NEVER
  5. Holds pencil in proper position (not with fist) for writing or drawing SOMETIMES
  6. Colors simple shapes; may color outside lines SOMETIMES
  7. Builds three-dimensional structures (for example, a house, a bridge, vehicle, etc.) with at least five small blocks NEVER
  8. Opens and closes scissors with one hand NEVER
  9. Glues or pastes two or more pieces together (for example, for art or science projects, etc.) NEVER
  10. Uses tape to hold things together (for example, torn page, art project, etc.) NEVER

For the Problem Behaviors, the new choices are OFTEN, SOMETIMES, and NEVER, and just like the last round of Survivor where you want your name on that paper, here I stop not after 4 NEVERs but after 4 OFTENs

Problem Behaviors Section A (start ages 3+)

  1. Is overly dependent (that is, clings to caregiver, teacher, brother, or sister) NEVER
  2. Avoids others and prefers to be alone SOMETIMES
  3. Has eating difficulties (for example, eats too fast or too slowly, hoards food, overeats, refuses to eat, etc.) SOMETIMES
  4. Has sleep difficulties (for example, sleepwalks, has frequent nightmares, sleeps significantly more or less than typical for his or her age). SOMETIMES
  5. Refuses to go to school or work because of fear, feelings of rejection or isolation, etc. NEVER
  6. Is overly anxious or nervous SOMETIMES
  7. Cries or laughs too easily OFTEN
  8. Has poor eye contact (that is, does not look at or face others when speaking or spoken to) SOMETIMES
  9. Is sad for no clear reason SOMETIMES
  10. Avoids social interaction SOMETIMES
  11. Lacks energy or interest in life NEVER

Made it to the end of the section!

Problem Behaviors Section B (start ages 3+)

  1. Is impulsive (that is, acts without thinking) OFTEN
  2. Has temper tantrums SOMETIMES
  3. Intentionally disobeys and defies those in authority SOMETIMES
  4. Taunts, teases, or bullies NEVER
  5. Is inconsiderate or insensitive to others OFTEN
  6. Lies, cheats, or steals SOMETIMES
  7. Is physically aggressive (for example, hits, kicks, bites, etc.) NEVER
  8. Is stubborn or sullen SOMETIMES
  9. Says embarrassing things or asks embarrassing questions in public (for example, “You’re fat,” or “What’s that big red thing on your nose?”) NEVER
  10. Behaves inappropriately at the urging of others NEVER

Made it to the end of the section again, woo-hoo!

Problem Behaviors Section C (start ages 3+)

  1. Sucks thumb or fingers NEVER
  2. Wets bed or must wear diapers at night OFTEN
  3. Acts overly familiar with strangers (for example, holds hands, hugs, sits on lap, etc.) SOMETIMES
  4. Bites fingernails NEVER
  5. Has tics (that is, involuntary blinking, twitching, head shaking, etc.) NEVER
  6. Grinds teeth during the day or night NEVER
  7. Has a hard time paying attention OFTEN
  8. Is more active or restless than others of same age OFTEN
  9. Uses school or work property (for example, telephone, internet access, office supplies, etc.) for unapproved personal purposes OFTEN
  10. Swears NEVER
  11. Runs away (that is, is missing for 24 hours or longer) NEVER
  12. Is truant from school or work NEVER
  13. Ignores or doesn’t pay attention to others around him or her OFTEN
  14. Uses money or gifts to “buy” affection NEVER
  15. Uses alcohol or illegal drugs during the school or work day NEVER

Made it to the end of the section one more time! Ooooh yeah!

Problem Behaviors Section D (start ages 3+)

  1. Engages in inappropriate sexual behavior (for example, exposes self, masturbates in public, makes improper sexual advances, etc.) NEVER
  2. Is obsessed with objects or activities (for example, constantly repeats words or phrases, is preoccupied with mechanical objects, etc.) OFTEN
  3. Expresses thoughts that do not make sense (for example, talks about hearing voices, seems delusional, etc.) OFTEN
  4. Has strange habits or ways (for example, makes repetitive noises, odd hand movements, etc.) OFTEN
  5. Consistently prefers objects to people (for example, pays more attention to objects than to people, etc.) SOMETIMES
  6. Displays behaviors that cause injury to self (for example, bangs head, hits or bites self, tears at skin, etc.) was SOMETIMES, now NEVER
  7. Destroys own or another’s possessions on purpose SOMETIMES
  8. Uses bizarre speech (for example, has conversations with self in public, speaks in phrases or sentences that have no meaning, repeats same word or phrase over and over, etc.) OFTEN
  9. Is unaware of what is happening around him or her (for example, seems to be in a “fog,” stares blankly, etc.) OFTEN
  10. Rocks back and forth repeatedly NEVER
  11. Is unusually fearful of ordinary sounds, objects, or situations NEVER
  12. Remembers odd information in detail years later NEVER
  13. Is unable to complete a normal school or work day because of chronic pain or fatigue NEVER
  14. Is unable to complete a normal school or work day because of psychological symptoms NEVER

…and that’s all, folks! A lot to chew on, and a lot for Dar to improve on. This could be a 12-year road map for us…