Meeting Point: Latest From Lovaas

Spring 2008

Meeting Point: Latest From Lovaas

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

We're So Quiet! Sit close to the child and whisper gently next to his ear. Keep it up until he talks back in a whisper. Get a simple conversation going, or just echo each other's whispers.

Sock Imitation! Put socks on the child's hands and say, "Do this" while clapping or making wacky movements.

Banana Ears! Say, "Ohhhhh, you want a (food) in your ear?" "Nooooooo." "In your nose?" "Noooo." "On your head?" "Nooooo." "Oh, in your mouth!" Best if done in an unpredictable fashion.

Mr. Froggy! Put the child on your lap and say, "Mr. Froggy's sitting on a rock, along comes (Instructor), and the Froggy goes "kerplop!'" Throw the child on couch or beanbag chair. (Or let the child fall through your legs).

Thumb Wrestle! Thumb wrestle by hooking fingers together with the child, with your thumbs on top. See who can trap the other person's thumb. Do it with both thumbs sticking out of a large, stretched-out sock, or through a cardboard wrestling ring.

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



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