One of the boys, "John," is 14 and has Down syndrome. He's pretty low functioning and is mostly non-verbal, but he's a real ham and fun to work with. Yesterday, as I was getting the group of kids situated and setting up for the activity, out of the corner of my eye I saw John leaning across the table with his pointer finger extended. Imagine my surprise when he touched my chest and yelled, "Boob!"
Not knowing exactly what to do, I quickly pulled back, said, "We don't touch those," and asked him to sit down. Since chastisement usually reinforces rather than discourages, we just moved on with the activity.
We're always trying to encourage him to talk--to say anything; maybe I should be proud?