So after learning about Joaquin’s brand new motivation for traffic tickets, I thought of a game that involved the stamps he’s loving so much to create a traffic ticket template to give him tickets, and then charge him for them in “eye contact dollars” (an idea I read this week in Tali Field Berman’s book “Play to Grow”). I was planning to prepare the game and play it at the Magic Room, but attitude trouble hit me a bit today and the game ended up happening in a funny spontaneous way out of the playroom.
GOAL: Sustained eye contact
MOTIVATIONS: Traffic tickets, stamping, new props and “jobs”.
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Surprisingly he wanted to repeat the experience three or four more times. I was not doing committed play time and we were not in the playroom, so he actually initiated this every time, and when asked if he wants to play this again tomorrow, he answered yes.
I’m honing my skills and intuition as a Happy Detective. It’s fun to be so aware of Joaquin’s every move and be able to offer him ongoing new experiences that he is so ready and excited to take while feeling very intentional on my part. He’s open like a sponge right now and I’m directing this program in a more intense way than I have before.