Blocks

Blocks

The objective of blocks is for your child to be independently able to build a block structure that is shown to her/him either by a picture or as an already build structure in front of her/him.

What to do in this exercise

  1. Sit on the floor at or at the 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 hand him a set of blocks, show him a picture of a block structure and say “(Child’s name) build this”.
  4. Perfect outcome: your child builds the structure on the card. Praise!
  5. Not so perfect outcome: your child picks up the block and starts playing with them.
  6. What to do: reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction, show your child the picture with the block structure and say“(Child’s name) build this”, then prompt your child to build the structure.
  7. After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child builds the structure, great, 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.

Expectations

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 the “Blocks” program. If you have any further questions or concerns please join our support desk.

Items you need:

Pictures of block structures.

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