Say Yes for Desired Items

Objective

Say “yes” when the child wants something independently (or the objective can include accepting a verbal approximation, nodding head, or using a picture or symbol)

Criterion for Mastery

Independent for five consecutive days

Date Collection Procedures

Level of Independence

1: Maximum Prompting (use modeling/request imitation)

2: Moderate Prompting (use a visual cue/symbol or nod your head)

3: Minimal Prompting (make your mouth look like you are going to say yes, and/or make a movement as if you are about to nod your head)

4: Independent

Teaching Procedures

1.  When the child wants something, before giving it, say “Do you want this?” or “Do you want it?” or “Do you want the ______?”

2.  If the child says “yes” (or an approximation), nods his/her head, or uses a picture/symbol use natural positive reinforcement by giving the item to the child.

3.  If the child doesn’t say “yes” (or an approximation), nod his/her head, or use a picture/symbol use time-delay.

4.  If still no response, use the following least-to-most prompts hierarchy:

a. Make your mouth look like you are going to say yes, and/or make a movement as if you are about to nod your head

b. Use a visual cue/symbol

c.  Nod your head

d. Use modeling/request imitation by saying “yes” and having the child imitat

4.  Once the child responds (even with prompting) use natural positive reinforcement by giving the item to the child.

5.  Provide multiple opportunities each day throughout a variety of daily routines and activities.

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