Intensive ABA Services News and advice on Autism treatments - The Lovaas Institute

Meeting Point: Latest From Lovaas

Winter 2009

Meeting Point: Latest From Lovaas

Kid-Friendly Recipes

Compiled by Rose Hoffer
Assistant Director, Lovaas Institute – East Coast

Frozen Yogurt Pops

Prep time:

  • about 1 to 2 hours


  • 1 8-oz. container of your favorite flavor of yogurt


  • small paper cups
  • wooden popsicle sticks (available in craft stores)
  • plastic wrap


  1. Pour yogurt into paper cups. Fill them almost to the top.
  2. Stretch a small piece of plastic wrap across the top of each cup.
  3. Using the popsicle stick, poke a hole in the plastic wrap. Stand the stick straight up in the center of the cup.
  4. Put the cups in the freezer until the yogurt is frozen solid.
  5. Remove the plastic wrap, peel away the paper cup, and eat your pop!


  • 3 to 4

Serving size:

  • 1 pop

Nutritional analysis (per serving):

  • 127 calories
  • 5 g protein
  • 2 g fat
  • 21 g carbohydrate
  • 0 g fiber
  • 7 mg cholesterol
  • 73 mg sodium
  • 262 mg calcium
  • 0 mg iron

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.

If you like, you can make this recipe using plastic ice-pop molds instead of the paper cups and popsicle sticks. For a cool-looking snack, fill your cups only halfway with one flavor of yogurt in Step 1. Follow Steps 2, 3, and 4. Remove your pops from the freezer, take off the plastic wrap, and spoon in another flavor of yogurt that's a different color. Put the plastic wrap back on and freeze once more. When your pops are frozen, you'll have two-colored treats!

Dirt Pudding


  • instant chocolate or vanilla pudding
  • chocolate wafer cookies or Oreo cookies
  • gummy worms
  • a wooden spoon
  • a cup, or if you have one, it's fun to make it in a clean, medium-sized plastic flower pot
  • aluminum foil
  • a plastic flower


  1. Make the instant pudding according to the instructions on the box.
  2. Place cookies in a Ziploc bag. Crush your chocolate cookies into small bits using the back of a spoon.
  3. Stir most of the crushed cookies into the pudding, mixing well. See how much it looks like dirt?
  4. If you are using a plastic flower pot, make sure it is clean and that you line the bottom with foil.
  5. Pour the pudding into the flower pot, then stick the fake flower in the pudding to make it look real.
  6. Top off the surface with the remaining cookie bits and a few Gummy worms and there you have it... Dirt Pudding!

Do you have other ideas of skills to incorporate during birthdays? Share them with us here

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

Get the Maid! Try to pick up toys while bending from the waist. Let the child push you over whenever you try to bend over.

Chair Rides! "Fasten your seatbelt! Hold on to the chair!" Begin to lift chair off ground slowly. Then take off like a racecar!

Magic Tricks! Pull a candy out of the child's ear. Transfer a reinforcer magically from one hand to another closed fist (the child doesn't know you had it there already), or even into a sealed container (where it already was).

Chattering Teeth! Get chattering mechanical teeth and throw them on the table by surprise.

What's So Funny! Find a suction toy that will stick to your forehead.

Paul is a 7-year-old. He was telling his instructor Mary that he would be going to Legoland during his spring break and invited her to go with him. When she told him she couldn't go because she was going to hang out with another instructor, Anna, he said Anna could come too. Paul then told Mary the travel arrangements would include his mom, his little sister, Anna, Mary, Lucy, and Karen (all instructors) in one car and his dad, him, and Tracy (his most preferred instructor) in the other car.
- California

Tasha had recently learned to continue a conversation by staying on topic and making a statement similar to a statement that was just made. For example, if someone said, "I like Blues Clues," Tasha would add, "I like Dora the Explorer." With the start of football season, one of Tasha's instructors offhandedly remarked "I like the Colts and the Jets." Tasha chimed in, "I like the helicopters!"
- Indianapolis

Share Your Story

Have a story you want to share? We hope to hear from you.
*Nothing will be posted without your permission and your information will not be shared with anyone. Ever. Thank you!

Email A Friend

* Your information will not be shared with anyone. Ever. Thank you!