Puzzles

The objective for puzzles is for your child to be independently able to finish a puzzle.
Puzzles are a great therapy tool. They can be used for many different aspects of therapy, from matching, to fine motor skills, to scanning, to increasing a field. Puzzles in visual skills are a great tool to use for scanning and increasing a field. Start with a simple 3 piece puzzle and increase the pieces over time to up to 24 + pieces.

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. Put a puzzle in front of your child and take all the pieces out.
  4. After you have your child’s attention say “Let’s do a puzzle, put pieces back in.” Hand your child one piece at a time.
  5. Perfect outcome: your child takes the piece and puts it back in. Praise!
  6. Not so perfect outcome: your child just looks at the piece in your hand.
  7. How to work with a not so perfect outcome – reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction “Let’s do a puzzle, put pieces back in”, hand your child a piece and prompt your child to put the piece in the right spot.
  8. After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child puts the block in the cup, 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.

Additional Notes:  Start by taking all the pieces out and work on putting the pieces back in, one at a time. After your child has mastered putting all the pieces in, have your child take the pieces out as well. Also make sure to change up the order in which your child puts the pieces in and takes the pieces out.

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

<h3>Items you need:</h3> puzzles: starting with simple 3 pieces and going to up to as many as 24 + pieces. The puzzles can be with little knobs, cut out pieces or regular puzzle pieces.

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