Meeting Point: Latest From Lovaas

April 07

Meeting Point: Latest From Lovaas

On the Lighter Side...
...5 outrageous reinforcers sure to add fun in therapy

Magician's Chain! Make a magician's chain of kerchiefs and stuff them all in your sleeve. Let the child pull them out. When will they end? Possibly tie a reinforcer onto the end of the chain.

Wind-up Hand! Wind up your hand like it's a toy - use cranking sound effects - then let it go and flap your hand wildly over the table and child's tickle spots in a flip-flop motion.

Where'd He Go! Take the child's arms in yours behind your back, then lean over until the child leans on your back. Then pick them up, hanging behind you, and start calling out, "where is (child)?" "(Child's name)--where aaaarrrreeee you?"

Let's Not Go Play! When you tell the child, "let's go play," surprise them by pulling them back to you by the back of their shirt. Do several times. It usually builds a smile and a lot of times when you don't grab the shirt the child will back up to you to do so.

Train Ticket Tokens! For a child who likes trains, wear a conductor's cap and punch their ticket as token reinforcement. Print up tickets with a train picture upon them to look like train tickets.

The names of all children in this newsletter have been changed in respect for family confidentiality.



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