The stage was set. My daughter picked out her new favorite board game, SCRABBLE. She was determined to play and have all of us play with her, even her brother. It is one of his goals so why not? We chose to go down into the playroom where he had his stuffed animals and 6' round crash pad available if he needed them. We all sat on the floor and set up the game. SCRABBLE got his attention right away because of all the little tiles with letters on them. Oh, how many there are! I could tell he wanted to scoop them up and smash them onto the floor. He went ahead and picked his tiles out then left. My daughter started. G R E W, good word. We all took a turn then it was his.
OK, we'll try again next time. As we played he would take some breaks from his crash pad and look at the letters. We asked if he wanted to make a word. No. He takes off again. He comes back over, locked knees rocking back and forth, grabbing and twisting his hair while looking at his letters and says no and leaves again. I look at his tiles and find an N and an O and place them on the floor. He comes over, points to the letters and says, "No." Got it. He was telling us a word all the time...NO. I added it to the board. Success.