I felt pretty good about my ABA strategies this weekend. I also felt pretty good about our combined parenting mad skillz as parents. My Little is teething. Again. Like all the time these days. How many teeth does a tiny person need?! We were out running errands and decided to grab dinner at Chick-fil-a while we were out and about. My girl was pretty done with the day. We'd had too much fun going swimming and visiting with friends. She was using her version of baby sign language and verbal requesting for 'up' from her high chair. I said, "I know you want up, but first you need to eat. First eat, then up." She's familiar with the "First, then" language of the Premack principle. We repeated this for every bite for a few minutes. I said my "First eat, then up" statement many many times. She was eating and all was okay. But I knew I had to scarf down my delicious chicken sandwich to get up with that girl soon. ABA WIN.
Then my husband happened to give her a bite on a fork. She took the fork and he helped her to take lots more bites with it. No more broken record Mom using her Premack skills. She ate all of her dinner and didn't ask to get 'up' until we were all done- an appropriate time. Her dad won with his parenting skill of distracting the girl and keeping her entertainined. Parenting WIN.
Did you have any feel good about yourself moments as a parent this weekend?
Don't forget to learn about the Premack principle and 9 other strategies for parents in Parenting with Science: Behavior Analysis Saves Mom's Sanity.
Leanne Page, MEd, BCBA