Your Questions and Comments

Question

I find the notion of an asocial lesson intriguing but a little disturbing. If my child does what's required of her shouldn't she be praised? Isn't that positive reinforcement?

Response

In the asocial lesson, the facilitator is there to take the place of, or help develop, motivational force. This exists in abundance in the normally developing child; it is what makes her continue to play so intensively. Reinforcement is intrinsic to her play activities.
The asocial lesson is designed to simulate these conditions of self-motivated play and, just like 'ordinary' play, encourages the development of the underlying general understanding. For the rest of the day the usual semi-social and social conditions, including praising desired behaviour, obtain.
The more the vulnerable child can be helped to strengthen her basic understanding by means of the asocial lesson, the more she can gain from her everyday experience and interactions outside of the lesson.