Day 1: Project Grass Desensitization

Objective: Get subjects to accept crawling/walking on grass without screeching or panicking.

Procedure: Took subjects into lawn, with help of assistants (Grandma and Grandpa Haack), sat with them on laps. Allowed/encouraged them to leave laps and attempt grass contact.


Subject 1 (Saoirse) at one minute into the project was sitting on grass without protest. Five minutes into project she was crawling on grass and giggling. Ten minutes in she was excavating a small dirt patch with her fingers intently. See illustration. Consider first trial a success.

Subject 2 (Rowan) refused to voluntarily touch grass with feet at all. When gently lowered into grass, strong protests were made, necessitating termination of contact. Will attempt repeated trials at later date.


  Harris Boys

May 31, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Gwen this is too funny. My boys are not big fans of the grass either...I guess it seems so strange to


June 2, 2008 at 10:28 AM

I laughed when I read this!! What is it about the way grass feels to them I wonder??