Bastian & Joelle

Special Ed. Leader, Neuroscientist, & Artist
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Bastian is a rescue pup from Hurricane Florence. He is a rat terrier mix, and loves hiking, boating, walks, squirrels & his kitties sissies πŸΆπŸ’• Joelle is a Special Education School Administrator w a master's in Special Ed., & Neuroscience & Ed.

What the?!?!

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Anyone else observe and respond to button activations in the moment, and then realize AFTER that you were completely wrong?? Last night I recorded what I believed to be a sweet sentiment by Bastian, only to realize later, when editing the video that he didn’t mean to hit ANY of the buttons that activated, but instead was making demands. I am concerned based on the fact that I responded to what I heard, and not what he β€œmeant”. Anyone else catch this, themselves? mistake?? With how fast Bastian hits the buttons, it’s almost impossible to guarantee he intends everything he hits, and I’d hate to be generously interpreting his activations when they aren’t intended.
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Episodic Memory?

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Yesterday afternoon Bastian pressed "car" and "hike".Β  It was 5 pm and already dark out, so I told him "hike (later)" (we do not have a tomorrow button).Β  He responded with "okay, okay, okay, all done, more, inside, home".

Later that night he said, "all done, inside".Β  I said "outside?" and he replied "outside walk", and Lee (my husband) took him for a walk.

Today I got home and he immediately asked for that hike I owed him.Β  Honestly, I had no intention of keeping my word (I know, I am a jerk... but a very tired one), and suddenly I found myself driving to a local trail to make good on my promise.Β  Could this be evidence that he actually recalls our conversation?Β  I guess I will have to wait and see if it becomes a pattern, but I am optimistically hopeful that it could be evidence of something more :)
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Used "All done" to tell me to 'heck off'

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While we were unpacking the Christmas decorations we came across our musical Snoopy doll, who is activated by a button.Β  I decided to train Bastian to activate the button for fun, and after several minutes of failed attempts and less than generous treato payouts, he told me that he was DONE.Β 
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Modifying the Fluent Pet Hextiles

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This helped me improve the volume and sound quality of the buttons, so I thought I would share.Β  Just an FYI - this will definitely void your Fluent Pet warranty.Β 

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Modifying the Learning Resource Buttons

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Hi all - this was a trick shared with me by Silke's mama, so I made a video to share with everyone else.

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Bastian (Joelle A.)

Learner Name: Bastian

Age: 2 years

Teacher Name:
Joelle

Started Learning Word Buttons:Β 
June 2020

Number of Words
: 43


Social Media

  • Tiktok: @bastianandbrews
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Words

  • Treat
  • Outside
  • Walk
  • Play
  • Love you
  • Want
  • Okay
  • Mom
  • Dad
  • Bastian
  • Nana
  • Kiley
  • Scratches
  • Hungry
  • Drink
  • BoatΒ 
  • Hallie
  • Where?
  • Who?
  • Snuggle
  • Look
  • Come
  • Help
  • Later
  • All done
  • Yes
  • No
  • Hike
  • Bed
  • Frisbee
  • Ball
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Fridge
  • Hmm?
  • Bye
  • Squirrel
  • Stranger
  • Friend
  • Inside
  • Concerned
  • Echo
  • Play Doggie Music
  • Call mom
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