Intensive ABA Services
By Keri Spence
Lovaas Institute - San Diego
A frequent comment I hear from parents is that there is just not enough time in the day to set aside for learning. So, how can parents incorporate learning opportunities into their busy daily schedules? A trip to the grocery store is a routine family chore that may provide an opportunity. The following suggestions would be appropriate for a child who can follow simple instructions and has shown his parents that he can handle a short trip to the store. It would also be important that he has learned ahead of time to follow visual instructions.
Create a visual grocery list for your child as follows.
Setting aside a specific time for teaching can be nearly impossible in a parent's hectic day. With a little practice, systematic teaching can be incorporated into everyday routines such as grocery shopping. This is just one way that the family can be involved and feel successful using a behavioral approach.
Please share your experiences about running every day errands in the community with your child. Do you have a strategy that helped you meet your needs and the needs of your child?
Do you have other ideas for other extracurricular activities? Share them with us here
The names of all children in this newsletter have been changed in respect for family confidentiality.
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.