This activity has been revised and was originally created by Vickie Brennan, Flo Ryu, and Dennis Lolli and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, Volume 2, 1992). The second edition is available for purchase.
By observing the student’s response to olfactory and gustatory stimuli, the teacher will discover a reinforcer that can be used in other activities. Students will indicate a preference for this activity by responding with a positive change in affect (smile, laugh) and/or by gesturing or moving toward the adult or item with her hand or body as the item is slowly moved away from the student (after a five- to ten-second presentation period). Lessons include Concept Development and Independent Living Skills.