Anything is Possible

12507332_168288083535787_2563349750175188241_nYesterday Tink had a epic day. She went to a friends party that was in a very busy play centre. Yes you got it, she played on everything. She did not only cope in a very loud busy environment but was part of it and enjoyed every minute of it. We then went for a meal with some other friends, when we arrived Tink was a sleep in a very, very busy, noisy family pub. She woke up with noise and a huge amount of stimuli in her environment and she didn’t even bat an eye.

Not once did her environment stop her from having fun, not once did she have a meltdown, not once did things get too much for her. This was all down to very effective, very simple interventions and effective positive reinforcement. This is what TAGteach and the science of ABA is giving her. Its giving her a quality of life. This science is giving her magic in her little life so she is able to enjoy that life.

TAG, Reinforce

12418108_168277960203466_8110338503996305899_nTink has a new sippee cup which is a bit different to her last one its much harder to suck (we chose it for this reason on purpose). So I placed cup full in front of her on floor. Tink looks at cup TAG, reinforce. Tink touches cup TAG, reinforce. Tink grasps cup TAG, reinforce. Tink drinks from cup TAG, reinforce. Here is where we got a total knew spontaneous behaviour.

Normally Tink would throw the cup down in all sorts of directions. This time she placed the cup down on its side in front of her. So that is what I’m TAGing every time Tink PLACES the cup on the floor I’m TAGging and reinforcing her and marking, reinforcing and increasing a knew behaviour. This is pretty much as simple as you can get, yet so so very effective.

More Great Progress

1511353_163040744060521_8715015338097785365_nJanuary 7: Ask Tink for a hand touch. TAGs hand touch and reinforces with bounce. We did this 3 times. Then we asked Tink to touch the ball and again TAG and reinforce with bounce.

Then we raised the criteria because Tink was asking again so we gradually moved the ball higher and higher each time so eventually Tink was pushing to free stand to touch the ball. Now I have back ache but worth it.

January 8: Tink wanted her program on again. I decided to try something out. So I turned my back a little to her with the remote in my hands. Then i felt these little hands nudging my back and heard her say whilst nudging me “Oi, Dado, helloooooo,” then i turned round a bit towards her all the time Tink was still nudging me, then locked eye contact with facial expression and said “Dado Doc on again please,” so I tagged her and reinforced her with her program on again.

Laughter as a Reinforcer

12439064_162214174143178_4221631878517374794_nWhy we have been using laughter as a reinforcer. Laughter is infectious. When I used laughter was used as a reinforcer, Tink also laughed. So now when someone does something right or that she likes, she smiles and laughs.

Now here’s what we are aiming at ” every time professional does something Tink likes, professional gets a smile off Tink. TINK ECONOMY.

Different Reinforcers

12376143_160609617636967_8004342916610910891_nThese are just some of the reinforcers i have been using with Tink this week, along with other social and play based reinforcers and toys. What reinforcers do others use with the many different learners people work with? How do you pick them as reinforcers ? And how do you use them?

Tinks favourite reinforcer of the day LAUGHING eg : “Touch toy.” Tink touches toy *TAGs* reinforces with silly laugh. Tink laughs with me and requests “again” so we repeat a number of times.