I was at the tail end of a Floortime session with a little guy I have been working with for about six months. We had managed to climb up the stairs to the living room where, fortunately, mom could not be found (once mom is found, mom's undivided attention is most vehemently required!). On the table were some books and magazines, so my little guy and I started absentmindedly poking through them. I squatted down low and he stood, looking carefully at the pictures and picking out two things: a children's Bible and a motorcycling magazine.
As he flipped through the pages, I sensed him starting to float away into his head a little bit. Seeing as the goal with a lot of these kids is to convince them that the world outside their head is at least as cool than the one inside, I got to work employing techniques to rope him into conversation. The teacher in me immediately started to ask questions: