Remaining in Designated Play Areas
your child to a place such as an outside playground, a friend’s house, an
indoor play area. Show where your child is allowed to play and explain that he
must stay in that area.
sure that your child understands spatial locations when given boundaries (e.g.,
outside the fence, behind the gate, around the wall).
sure that your child understands the restrictions and ask him to demonstrate
understanding by showing you (either verbally or physically, whichever your
child is capable of).
yourself in area where you can view your child but where he does not know you
Observe your child while playing
independently or with friends, making sure that he does not leave the play area
your child does leave, go and remind him of the area allowed and bring your
child back there. Ask verbally why he left as the reason may make sense to your
child (the ball rolled off the lawn and into the street). Discuss what he should
do the next time if he needs to leave the location (e.g., go and tell you the
ball went into the street).
your child does remain in the designated area independently, make sure you
praise him for great listening. Positive reinforcement will encourage your
child to stay in a specified area the next time!