Some children can be self-directed in their learning behaviour making it very challenging for you to get cooperation to undertake the tasks set in your speech therapy program. This is commonly seen in children who are on the spectrum for Autism as they can have specific interests that are rigid and may not “buy” in that your task is as fun. By strategically placing the reward task after the low interest task you can lead them forward towards what you want them to do.
The trick is to find the task that they really like.
Here are some ideas to get you going…
I use FIRST – THEN app and quickly load in the task I want them to do and then the engaging reinforcer so that they have a clear VISUAL SCHEDULE to mentally plan what they have to do.
I also find that by having a reverse clock set to a restricted time frame works to provide even more structure and expectation for the child. When they hear the buzzer-ring-car sound… they learn that this is task over and now onto the fun game. Simple but works well.