We have officially started. We're working hard and so far, not too much success, but it will come, I know it will.
What We're Doing:
We'll get out a toy together (usually Little People since he really likes them) and both of us will sit on the floor and play. After a couple of minutes I'll move back and watch. (At first I was sitting on the couch and that did not work, the floor works better right now.) He lasts, I am embarrassed to say about 30 seconds-1 minute before he realizes I am not there and quits playing. But, we have to start somewhere, I suppose. And this is my fault, I keep reminding myself. So, my plan is to continue like this until he sits and plays independently for 4-5 minutes. Then I guess I'll move up to sitting on the couch while he plays.
Right now, I'm not giving much positive reinforcement because if I speak to him he realizes I am not right there next to him. Soon (I hope) I will praise his efforts to play alone.
Where We Are: He will sit and play for 30 seconds to one minute.
Our Goal: Twenty Minutes of Independent Play