Rocket Ship of the Imagination

A rocket ship can be anything you want it to be. I used this activity to work on social responsiveness with my little pal with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) last week.
I used exaggerated facial expressions and reactions to get him to look to me for eye contact and this means he was learning that people's faces are rich sources of communication and information! And even better: we built a fun-based connection together naturally and without artificial prompts. 

I love working on social cognition through goofy play and he did, too! He kept breaking the rocket ship to watch me act dramatically heartbroken and then fixing it to see me act super relieved, looking at me frequently and with joy throughout. It was so great to see! A great reminder that joint attention is the foundation of communication and worth focusing on — sometimes heavily!