Social Reinforcement - Silly Sounds, Pretending and Physical Play
March 16, 2021Lori Ayin, MED, RBT
registered behavior technician
Fun, Fun, Fun, with Silly Sounds, Pretending and Physical Play
An RBT’s awesome job is to teach the kiddos they work with communication, social ,daily living, academic skills and more. An RBT is hugely involved in helping their clients make progress with the goals set out for them. When your clients enjoy the time they spend with you, they will be more likely to be successful. Here are some fun socially reinforcing activities you can do with your clients that involve no toys or sugar filled treats!
Chair Roller Coaster
A chair ride is always fun. You can wiggle it around pretending there is an earthquake, lean it back pretending it will crash, or just rock it back and forth. This game never gets old.
Don’t Wake the Bear
For this activity you'll pretend to be asleep, snoring away. Have your client try to wake you up by either tapping your shoulder or requesting, “Wake up Sleepy Bear!” You can get up excitedly while exclaiming "You woke me up!!!" in a silly voice. Then fall back to sleep a few times and repeat fun. Some kids will enjoy it if when you wake up all the way, yell “Roar!” and tickle them or pretend to gobble up various body parts.
Make a silly face while filling your cheeks with air and show your client how to gently pat or squeeze your cheeks with their hands to let the air out. They can experiment, patting fast or slow, to make different sounds. Show your client how to fill their cheeks with air too and see if they like the feeling of you squishing the air out.