I’ve been thinking hard about our new objective, which is basically getting Zip comfortable with a simple pattern, changing it slightly, letting him re-engage, rinse and repeat… The hardest part so far is getting him to recognize a pattern. I’ve been doing it informally around the house. If I sat him down in our RDI room, a distraction-free zone, it might be easier. But, I feel more pressured to “perform” RDI there and get frustrated more easily. So, I’m easing into, just playing around with the idea, seeing how Zip reacts, just figuring it out a bit.
Here’s some areas where I’ve worked on it, today and yesterday:
- Putting laundry into the dryer
Somewhat successful – sometimes when I changed how I handed him the clothes, he just ignored me and reached into the washer and got one out himself. But I felt a few moments of connection. I felt good because I was very aware of the RDI I was doing and not so focused on the goal.
- At the dining room table with the Viewmaster
Not successful – he didn’t pay any attention to what I was doing
- Putting plastic eggs into a bucket
Very successful. He seemed to like this one, and stayed with me for this several times recently.
I’m also going to check our copy of Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready. I think it has some ideas that might be fun to try.
You could also do something simple like *row, row, row your boat*. Set up a lovely regulatory pattern and then make a little change. 🙂
That’s a good one. He’s gotten the hang of certain patterns – like putting in or taking items out of bags and boxes but now I need to add new ones. Thanks!