Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Works-For-Me Wednesday



The phrase "I'll be so surprised . . ." can be heard a lot around our house these days. A has never been very responsive if simply requested to do something. In fact, when he was around a year and a half, we actually go his hearing checked to make sure nothing was wrong. He was fine, just ignoring us. Now that we know he has Asperger's, we're learning that there might be another reason why he doesn't come if we call him.

However, if we phrase a request as "I'll be so surprised if A _____ before _____" not only will A do it quickly, no one ends up angry. And he loves doing it, whatever it may be, before our time limit, and then yelling, "Surprise!"

Works for me!

9 comments:

nikko said...

Hmm... I'll have to try this on my two monkeys. Talking to them is like talking to a brick wall!

utmommy said...

Anything new suggestions on getting kids to work are welcome to me! I'll have to try it!

Shalee said...

Oh, I'm starting with my son tonight!

Mrs. Darling said...

My daughter has a sensory integration disorder and this may just work for her. Thanks.

Jennifer said...

I think that this might work with my little guy. He's only 2 now, but he likes that sort of thing, and I can see him taking to it.

And, well, the 7 1/2 year old girl--she has a listening problem lately, but also likes to surprise, so we'll see.

Thanks!

Julie Julie Bo Boolie said...

Sounds like a great idea!!!

Carol said...

Awwww....that is adorable! How old is this surprise guy?

M-j said...

Great idea!
We found that doing something similar with Bug Boy has worked wonders. Like, I bet you can't do that before I get the laundry out! And it is done before I leave the room. They love a challenge!

Pass The Torch said...

That is SUCH a great idea!