A Little About Me

CalebMom02My name is Jessica. My son, Caleb, is a 6-year-old with high functioning autism. Originally diagnosed with severe autism, Caleb’s future seemed limited and scary. That is when my husband and I decided to do whatever it takes to help Caleb develop the tools he needs to lead a fulfilling life. I quit my schooling and became a homemaker, a role I had never been attracted to before. In this house, pretty much everything revolves around Caleb, because that is the choice we are making. Caleb has this small window when he can make significant strides that have a lasting impact upon his life. So, for now, it

 

Author: jessicajean79

I have a B.A. in Interactive Multimedia and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. I started my Ph.d. in 2007, but in 2009, my husband and I met and decided to have a baby. Caleb was a high-risk pregnancy and a high-needs baby. My husband and I both agreed that Caleb needed a stay-at-home mother more than I needed to finish my schooling. Instructional Technology is the study of how people learn. My focus of my research was motivation; my wickedly awesome dissertation that I never finished showed how to create an environment that fosters motivation. All this information has been invaluable to me. As far as learning theory goes, I believe in using Cognitivism, Constructivism, and Behaviorism. With young kids, Behavorism is most popular, and with reason; most of the studies on autism and learning have been based upon Behaviorism, specifically B. F. Skinner. I still believe in the use of all 3 learning theories. I am a mother, wife, doggy-mom, big spoon, little spoon, and data-driven.

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