Choices

Choices

The objective of choices is for your child to be able to independently pick a desired item from a choice of two items presented to her/him.

What to do

  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. Pick two items as a choice for your child, preferably something your child likes to play with or a favorite food or a combination of a food and toy. In this example a block and a m&m is used.
  4. After you have your child’s attention hold up both items and say “Which one do you want, the block or the m&m?”
  5. Perfect outcome: your child picks the m&m.
  6. Not so perfect outcome: your child reaches for both items.
  7. What to do: do not let your child have access to the items. Instead reengage your child and repeat the instruction: hold up both items and say (Child’s name) which one do you want, the block or the m&m?” Then hand your child one of the items.
  8. After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child picks up one of the items, 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.

Other Notes:  If your child has a hard time making a choice you can hold one of the items closer to your child. That way makes it easier for your child to choos:, the item that is closest.

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

Items you need:

A toy, candy, books, anything your child likes to play with or shows interest in.

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