Get your child to follow your instructions and avoid defiant behavior.
The key to successfully implementing this skill and having it followed consistently is to (role-play) the situations multiple times. The benefits of practicing or role-playing a situation are:
The following article may be helpful to review.
Classroom Aid provides this in-depth article on why role-playing and practicing are essential to learning.
A simple way to make play-dough with your child. It requires two ingredients and at the end you and your child will have a sweet smelling play-dough to enjoy together. Watch the video for more information. Materials needed: cornstarch and conditioner (for hair).
Use this for younger children who struggle remembering the steps. Practice the steps and for every step completed you can give them a stamp. Feel free to use other items as a reward for remembering the steps. We recommend using stamps as they are easy to do. Increase the difficulty as your child remembers each of the steps. Materials needed: ink stamps already made or create your own and paper.
Providing something for your child as a reminder of completing the task helps them also prepare for future instances where they will need to use the skill again. It helps them remember the skill, especially during the course of a day when things can be busy. You can use bead necklaces or a variation based on your child and their interests. Materials Needed: Beaded necklaces or a necklaces of some kind.
Be sure to supervise your child during the course of this activity. It does require a few materials to create but it is great fun to create and watch. You can also use this activity to talk about emotion control and emotions build up over time. Materials needed: an empty two-liter bottle, two cups of water, 1 cup of vinegar, a wood board with a screw at least two inches or longer, cork, duct tape, paper towel and two Tablespoons of baking soda.
Alan discusses how he has used this skill and offers suggestions.
Teach your children how to Follow Instructions by making a playdough T-rex.Download Share View
Teach your children how to Follow Instructions by making a playdough snake.Download Share View
Teach your children how to Follow Instructions by making a playdough turtle.Download Share View
Teach your children how to Follow Instructions by making a playdough penguin.Download Share View
Teach your children how to Follow Instructions by making a playdough butterfly.Download Share View
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