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  1. […] Many moons ago, I worked with an Occupational Therapist who drew a face on a tennis ball and slit an opening for the mouth. We called him Ball Man. I had a little help making 3 news ones for this post.  (See below.  Two dollars for the can of 3 at Target.)  At the time, we had little round discs that she would encourage the kids to use a pincer grasp to take a disc.  Then the child was prompted to release the disc into the mouth. I remember telling her to patent the ball. Why? I cannot tell you how many kids have imitated opening their mouth using that tennis ball as a model! You can also utilize Ball Man as a reinforcer in an attempt to elicit a sound!  (We talked about within-stimulus reinforcers in this post.) […]

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