Matching Objects

Matching objects

The objective of matching objects is for your child to independently be able to match 3D objects.

What to do

  1. Sit on the floor at or at the table with your child.
  2. Have a matching set of objects in your hands. Put one object, for example a block, 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, hand your child the other object and say “(Child’s name) match”.
  5. Perfect outcome: your child takes the object and puts it on next to or on top of the other object. Reinforce!

Not so perfect outcome: your child takes the object but just holds it.

  1. What to do: reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) match”, then prompt your child to take the object and put it next to or on top of the other one.
  2. After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child matches the card by putting it on top to the other card, great, reinforce. If not repeat the steps from above.
  3. 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 “Matching cards” program. If you have any further questions or concerns please join our support desk.
Items you need: any kind of picture card that has an identical matching card. You can take pictures of items in your house; you can buy any kind of identical matching cards.

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