Meeting Point: Latest From Lovaas

June 07

Meeting Point: Latest From Lovaas

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

Hand Grenade! Deliver reinforcers like a hand grenade. Instead of giving an M&M, pretend to send it through the air with a whistling sound until it gets to child's mouth then explodes (i.e. you make an exploding sound). Run from the child and toss the (soft) reinforcer back to them.

Reinforcer Presents! Wrap the reinforcer like a real present. Sustain the anticipation by gradually unwrapping across many trials.

Treasure Hunt! Hide the reinforcer and go on a treasure hunt to find it, giving out the clues for each trial.

P-U! Smell the child's feet with a dramatic "P-U" and pass out on the floor. Most children will proceed to put their feet in the proximity of your nose. Then wake up and chase after them.

Break Dance! Put the child on a table or slippery floor for some break dancing. Lay the child's stomach on the table with their head toward you and feet away. Put your left hand by their feet and your right by their head to generate a pretty good spin.

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



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