The objective of drawing is for your child to be independently able to copy a picture that is shown to him on a card/picture/in a book.

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What to do

  1. Sit on the floor at or at the table with your child.
  2. Put a piece of paper and a crayon or marker in front of your child.
  3. Engage your child by saying his name and or touching his arm.
  4. After you have your child’s attention, hold up a card with a picture on it on and say “Draw this”.
  5. Perfect outcome: your child picks up the crayon and draws the object on the card. Reinforce!
  6. Not so perfect outcome: your child picks up the crayon and scribbles on the paper.
  7. What to do: reengage your child and repeat the instruction, hold up the card and say“(Child’s name) draw this”, then prompt your child to draw the object on the card.
  8. After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child draws the object on the card, 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.


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 “Drawing” program.

Items you need:

paper, crayon, pencil, marker, books, picture cards, index cards.

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