Drill is boring. Boring for me. Boring for the kid. However, I love drill. It gets the job done. There’s just nothing like it. When I have only 30 minutes for a session, I need all of the responses I can get on a target sound. This simple task can be used for any type of goal you’re targeting, but I find it most awesome for articulation sounds that can be targeted quickly. This should be used with children who are able to work without having to be reinforced constantly. Natural reinforcement is great to throw in the mix, too!
Here’s how I do it. Don’t worry. It’s straight forward. First, you have to choose a reinforcer for your child. If you’re using all of the boxes, you’ll need a SMALL reinforcer. A sticker or m&m, perhaps?! This task CAN take up to twenty or thirty minutes so they’ll only be able to play it once. Make your reinforcer something the child will really want. You could even WRITE on a piece of paper what the child has earned if it’s too big to fit in the box. My kids like the tangible though. I’ve played this with 3-4 year olds.
So, the not so fun part is getting the boxes ready. You have to hide the reinforcer in smallest box you choose to use, first. Then, close all the boxes and stuff them back inside one another.
Now, let the fun begin. Show your kiddo the box and tell him or her that you have something AMAZING up in that box and you can’t wait for him to open it on up! But first…. you have to help me with some words!
Do you drill. Work it! Get it done! (maybe you make the kid do 10 target responses). Now it’s time to open the box! Oooops! There’s a smaller box inside! What?! How’d that happen? Help me say these next words and I’ll let you open that box! Etc etc. They catch on, but they LOVE it.
The bad news: The fun wears off after about 3 times, but if you change the prize it may keep the child entertained.
The good news: It’s new and fun!!! And it’ll get you a lot of responses. Try it! You could also add puzzle pieces to each box so that when the child opens all of the boxes he will be able to put a puzzle together. Or, you could do clues in each box to figure out what’s inside the smallest box. The possibilities are endless!
The other good news: It’s pretty portable!
I got my boxes at Hobby Lobby.