Intensive ABA Services
Written by Lisa Chavez, with contributions from Noreen Laberinto (Lovaas Institute, San Diego) and Naomi Onley (Learning for Life Treatment Centre in Melbourne)
With the kids out of school, summer is an excellent time to set up some play dates to help your child stay connected with friends and further develop social, language and play skills. A successful play date will keep the kids actively participating, having fun and wanting more! Here are some entertaining ideas to get you started.
Variation: Rather than homemade binoculars, you can allow the kids to take nature photographs with a digital camera. Print some of the photos on your home printer, then allow each child to make frames for them using popsicle sticks and decorating supplies (e.g., paint, glitter, stickers, etc.).
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The names of all children in this newsletter have been changed in respect for family confidentiality.
The Big Sneeze: Pretend you are going to sneeze and really exaggerate. Start to sneeze but then stop before actually completing it. Do this a few times to build anticipation before the big sneeze! For example, "Oh no, I have to sneeze! Ah Ah Ahhh Ahhh Ahh..oh, it went away." Then, "Oh, my sneeze is coming back! Ah Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh...Oh man, it went away again!" Then, "Oh wait, it's back! Ahh Ahh Ahh AHH-CHOO!!!" Try tickling the child when you say, "CHOO!!"
Two Man Band: Let the child lie on their side across your lap, and singing their favorite song, play them like a guitar (strumming their belly)! Rock out even harder by dancing around the room with your kidtar!
Cuckoo Clock: Hold the child under their armpits, and swinging them from side to side, chant, "Tick Tock, tick tock, I'm a little cuckoo clock! Tick tock, tick tock, now I'm striking 1 o' clock," then bounce the child up in the air and say, "Cuckoo!" Add an extra "cuckoo!" and bounce for each increment of time (e.g., "cuckoo! cuckoo!" plus two bounces for 2 o' clock).
Don't Go Anywhere: Pretend like you're leaving the room and say, "I'll be right back, don't go anywhere!" Then quickly pop back into the room and exclaim, "I said don't go anywhere!" Continue in a similar manner a few more times for silly fun!
Where'd it go? Using a stuffed animal, favorite character or other toy, have the child close their eyes while you "hide" the toy in an obvious but silly location (e.g., on top of your head, coming out of your sleeve, etc.). Then ask, "Hey, where'd it go?" and let the child find the toy. The child can also take turns hiding the toy!