Nolan has developed a deep love of puppets, probably because he thinks they are real. The boy will come up and pet them, hug them, and treats them as if they are alive. I have decided to use this puppet-love to my advantage, and have turned "whale feeding time" into a therapy activity.
Our whale likes to eat all sorts of strange items- from blocks to toy cars! I can make the activity as simple or as difficult as I want. For basic vocabulary, I could have Nolan feed the whale a "cow" or a "block." For positional words, I place blocks around the room and have him feed the whale the block that is under the chair or on top of the bookcase. Or I can have the whale eat big blocks, or things of a certain color. For really advanced listeners, I could have the whale eat things that are not red or things that are not made of wood. For my older son, I have the whale eat things that begin with a specific letter.
The best thing is that both my boys think this is just a game. They have no idea they are learning anything!