This is me teaching Tink to open her mouth with TAGteach and accept my finger in her mouth with out her biting it off.
Tink finds biting extremely reinforcing. So anything in her mouth she has a very strong urge to bite down hard and chew. Reinforcement was brush strokes on hand which is also very reinforcing to Tink.
Just retrieved from Tinks mouth with out Nat loosing her fingers. If we had not taught Tink to open her mouth on queue and accept an item being taken from her mouth this would of been a case of pinning her down and very dangerously fishing it from her mouth. This would of been very unpleasant for and Tink and us both!
This is a exercise that has caused Tink a great deal of frustration and anxiety. Its a exercise the physio has trouble with, in fact the physio has trouble getting Eirinn to perform most exercises because of the negative associations of physical correction and physical guiding- asking her to grip a flat surface that Eirinn doesn’t have the skills to do.
Yet when the surface is changed to one she can grip, motivation is added. Instant feed back and placement of reinforcement and positive reinforcement is used Tink performs the “pull to stand from sitting” with out much trouble.