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Blog | Increasing Success for Independent Indoor Leisure Activities

An important factor is teaching this skills is to increase the reinforcing value of independent indoor leisure activities (i.e. listening to music, watching movies, playing with a doll house, playing with cars…). If your child does not engage in a variety of indoor activities independently, try providing reinforcement when teaching the skill to increase the amount of time your child independently engages in the activity. For example, when teaching this skill if your child is reinforced by attention from a parent, try teaching the session with giving your child lots of positive attention when engaging in the activity, then try to fade the amount of attention throughout the session until the child is playing independently. When teaching this skill try using edible reinforcement to increase appropriate engagement with the activity. For example, when teaching the program try giving a small treat/snack to your child every minute they are appropriately engaged. Each successive trial give less, for example increase the time to every 2 minutes, then every 3 minutes, until they have engaged in the activity for an appropriate amount of time.

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