You can use bears or dolls as patients or be the patients yourself. This play activity gives a great opportunity for imaginative play, although may require some props, for instance, stethoscope, empty bottles (medicine) and a toy syringe (play, 7M, 8M). You can incorporate all these instruments, and also body parts, in the play as both tact or receptive targets (LR*: 4c, Tact 7a). These may also work as mand targets. This NET will allow you to work on tact or receptive targets of different actions, sleeping, sneezing, coughing, for example (LR*:4d, 5b, Tact, 6b, 7d, 10a). Also noun-verb combinations if using bears or dolls to support the play, for instance “baby sleeping” or “bear laughing” (tact 9M). This activity also supports imaginative play development (play 11M). It can also to help to decrease anxiety for you client when they visit the doctors, as they are familiar with the instruments and decreases the uncertainty.
Preceding skills reference to the VB-MAPP Assessment tool:
Sundberg, M. L. (2008) Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program: The VB-MAPP. Concord, CA: AVB Press.
*LR: Listener Responding