ROL with Cards

ROL with cards

The objective of ROL with cards is for your child to be independently able to identify an object on a picture card by touching it or pointing to it.

What to do

1. Sit on the floor or table with your child.
2. Engage your child by saying his name and or touching his arm.
3. After you have your child’s attention put a picture card , let’s say of a car in front of your child. Say “(child’s name) touch the (car)?”
4. Perfect outcome: child touches the desired card in this case the car.

5. Not so perfect outcome: your child just sits there.

a. Reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) touch the (car)?”, then prompt your child to touch the car.

Be Persistent and Repeat Until Mastered

After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child touches the card, reinforce. If not repeat the steps from above. Repeat it three times and if your child still is not getting it move on to a different task and come back to it later. Also once your child gets the prompted instruction right, redirect your child to a simple task he/she has mastered and then go back to the original instruction to make sure your child got it.

It might take your child a while, a couple days maybe even a couple weeks, to grasp the concept of what is asked of him/her. Don’t get frustrated and stick with the program. Your child will get there! Reinforce (Praise) a right response or even if your child is trying really hard. In the video you will see a demonstration of how to run “ROL with cards” program. If you have any further questions or concerns please join our support desk.

Items you need

Any kind of picture card; anything will work: pictures of household items, food, animals, toys, furniture, etc.

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