A sneak peak into our first daily work box and how we will use it during the day.
Finally, I have been able to start putting together work boxes for Liam. We hope to use these on a daily basis to help him complete tasks, work more independently, feel successful, provide some extra structure he really craves. Of course, these have always been some of Liam's broad goals at school, at home and with his weekly therapist. However, I think these goals are just a little bit to general and he needs more visual structure like a work box. He will be able to see what he has one and what he has left.My take on parenting was initially the reward was in the success of the project or activity and hadn't wanted to offer external rewards. Sadly, Liam needs far more motivation than the reward of self satisfaction. Therefore, these work boxes will also serve as a way to earn the external rewards he prefers so much. The work box provides a clear structure for a reward system and will hopefully help him complete each item with some interest. Maybe in time things will change but for now this is a good option for us!
Here's what's in our very first work box:I kept it super simple and straightforward. These are all activities that Liam is familiar with but does not necessarily prefer. I am hoping that most of the work box can be done independently or with simple prompts or directions to start. Activities with multiple items, I grouped into dollar store pencil bags. Each task or activity is separated as best as possible, but I will provide dot markers, pencils and crayons in a separate container so he can chose colors if requested! 1. Alphabet wooden puzzle. Great for fine motor skills, task completion and letter recognition Enchanted Schoolroom. 3. Count and clip bag. I printed out Halloween themed count and clip cards from 3 Dinosaurs Halloween Pack. I added 15 mini clothes pins to the bag. He has done many of these before and enjoys the clothes pins. He also enjoys 1:1 counting some what! 3 Dinosaurs Halloween Pack looked like fun! Lots of dots to carefully mark ;) 6. Books! His therapist has been really working with him on looking at books independently, making up stories and looking closely at the pictures. Often if Liam is left to his own devices, he is more than likely going to look through a book than build with blocks. He loves for us to read to him too! He will receive a star on his reward chart for each activity in the work box. When he completes the work box he will earn a reward. More than likely, he will chose a television show. My goal for the work boxes is to either increase the number of activities or the difficulty level of the activities or maybe a mix throughout the week. I am hoping the work boxes will get more involved and interesting the more we do so that he will be interested in what's inside rather than just the reward for completing the work box.
I am really excited to see how enjoys his new work box in the morning? Do you have work boxes for your children? I love your comments here or on Facebook.