Maintenance Maintenance procedures are procedures where the child has met the criterion forthe final phase. When a child’s procedure reaches maintenance status, a final phasechange is made and M/C (stands for maintenance complete) is marked on the data sheetin the child’s book. The date the procedure went on maintenance needs to be marked inthe maintenance column on the folder outside the child’s booth (also known as the boothchart). This is done so Carmen, Megan, or Trista (the classroom staff) know that theprocedure is complete and can replace the procedure with a new one. You shouldcontinue to implement maintenance or M/C procedures during your shift as usual whenthe name of the procedure appears in the child’s schedule. When implementing theseprocedures, you should continue to take data.Maintenance Skills appears on the child’s schedule near the end of each shift. This is notthe same as procedures that are marked M/C in the child’s book.So, what do you do when Maintenance Skills appears on the child’s schedule? • Do PECS with your child, have them request toy reinforcers. • Use crayons and paper, have your child color with prompts if needed. Draw pictures and have fun with your child. This is not a discrete trial procedure. • Procedures that reached maintenance status and are no longer in the book can also be implemented when maintenance appears on the child’s schedule. This means working on ANY skill that the child has already acquired. • NO data is recorded!During Maintenance Skills time look at the acquired skills list and choose an activity todo with your child and then put the child’s data book on the floor outside the booth ornear the booth entrance. This will allow the tutor arriving for the next shift to read up onnew phases or new procedures. • If you aren’t quite done with a procedure, take the data sheet out of the book and continue recording without the book. • It is also a good time to ask a T.A. to come sign any phase changes so they will be ready for the next shift.The purpose of the maintenance skills time is to enhance the child’s functionalcommunication with the use of PECS and to reinforce acquired skills so that the childwill maintain these skills and not lose them. It is also time to give the tutors that arearriving for the next shift a chance to look at the book so they may read about newphases, a new procedure, or any procedure that they may not yet feel confidentimplementing; so tutors will be sure to implement each procedure correctly.The arriving tutors are encouraged to ask T.A.’s any questions they have regarding theprocedures at this time. If it is possible, it is best to ask these questions before the shiftstarts so it does not disrupt the child’s schedule. If it is not possible, always ask a T.A.questions about procedures before implementing them. Procedures must be correctlyimplemented in order to maximize the child’s progress.
Summary of what to do during Maintenance Skills: • Look at child’s acquired skills list and choose an activity to do in addition to PECS. • Place the child’s book on the floor outside the entrance to the booth or hand it to the next tutor. • Place the child’s icons of toy reinforcers on the PECS book. • Be EXTRA reinforcing! • HAVE FUN!When you have extra time in the booth…Such as…- When you finish all of the procedures earlier than scheduled,- When a scheduled activity is delayed (e.g., OT is running late),You should o Do maintenance skills o Extra procedures (do any of the procedures in the book) o ELOs You should NOT o Go to the playroom (unless instructed to do so) – the playroom may become too crowded at the end of each shift. We would like to avoid any accidents. o Take a rest in the booth – Your child should be learning all of the time. Use the time for your child’s learning and maintenance of functional skills.