Awesome ABA reinforcers for kids (i.e., toys / games / activities)
May 17, 2010 4:43 AM Subscribe
Yippee, I have a new job as a junior ABA therapist with an atypically autistic boy. I'd like good ideas for 'reinforcers' -- since these come in the form of little games, tickles, stickers, toys, imaginative play, puzzles etc., I figure all parents can help with this question rather than just people who have experience with Applied Behaviour Analysis and autism.
I'd like ideas of quick little fun things that make kids laugh. I'm not a parent so I need to build my repertoire!
posted by KLF to grab bag (24 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
The first boy I am working with has PDD-NOS and is actually very imaginative and very verbal so he loves pretend play, storybooks, etc. (whereas a lot of autistic kids struggle with imaginative play).
But all ideas are welcome, because I plan to work with several families and children on different ends of the autism spectrum.
To get you started, the types of recommendations I need are:
-Actual toys or puzzles (cheap and simple or more elaborate; I don't mind. I need a bag of tricks!)
-Fun little physical things that kids like, e.g., being tipped upside down, tickled, piggybacked.
-Little games or activities like talking on a toy phone, drawing a face on the side of your fist and making your hand talk, thumb wrestling.
-Crafty activities: making things out of playdoh, paper crafts, etc.
-Great (shortish) books, preferably ones we can act out afterwards.
Basically, ANYthing quick and fun that kids like to do! (Activities can be a little longer too.)