Meeting Point: Latest From Lovaas

Summer 2011

Meeting Point: Latest From Lovaas

In This Issue

Summer Play Date Ideas

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...

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Parent Story

Receiving a diagnosis for our son Neal in 2005 was initially a huge relief. Knowing that we had some sort of explanation for his delayed speech and "quirky" behavior actually made me optimistic and feeling ready to take on the challenge of a diagnosis of autism.

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Q&A: Stranger Safety

Personal safety in the community can be of great concern when parenting a child with autism. Proactive teaching about strangers can go a long way in enhancing your child's safety while providing you peace of mind. The following questions and responses concerning stranger safety...

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Special Features

While working with a 34-month-old girl on fine motor skills, I put some coins in a mound of Play-doh for her to take out. She moved the Play-doh around and found all three pennies. Then she picked them up, turned them around, and said, "Look mommy, I have all of Stacy's money!" Her mom and I laughed and I said, "Good thing it's payday!"
-Stacy Weber (East Coast, Cherry Hill)

Ethan was playing (pretend) Star Wars with a peer during recess. Ethan's friend came up behind him, and pretended to hit him with a light saber. I said, "Oh, John hit you in the back, that is cold blooded!" Ethan responded by saying, "Amy, only reptiles are cold blooded."
-Amy Gregory (West Coast, Sacramento)

Each time Tyler sneezes and I forget to say, "bless you," he prompts me by saying, "I just sneezed." Manners were a difficult skill for Tyler to acquire, and now he is reminding us of ours.
-Amy Gregory (West Coast, Sacramento)

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!