A behavior story is a simple description of an everyday social situation written from a child’s perspective. The situation is described and focuses on important social cues and expectations and ways for the child to react in the situation. The stories are used with a child prior to an event and rehearsed so when the event occurs, the child can use the story as a guide for behavior. Shaping means rewarding successive approximations for a desired behavior; in this situation shaping is used to increase interactive play. Structured choice option is an intervention that gives a student a sense of control over a situation by providing choices. Structured choice interventions are used to prevent or de-escalate interfering behaviors and to increase appropriate behaviors. In each of these interventions, use of the child’s special interests and visual supports increases chances for success.
I am going to visit my non-verbal, six year old grandson. I only see him once a year in his “space” but he knows me from Skype. I always try to approach him gently until he acknowledges me. What are some tips on making this process easier for him? I only have one week with him and want to love him to pieces while I’m there.