Create opportunities and MODEL language.
This week, pick an activity (your child’s favorite toy, art project, cooking, etc) and work on modeling and prompting core vocabulary. Go beyond the Fringe!
- Try to model one word further! When your child uses 1 word on the ipad (ex. “Want”, or “ears”), follow up with one additional word (ex. “want ears”), 2 words (ex. “I see”), follow with a model of one additional word (ex. “I see nose”).
- When your child giggles or appears to enjoy the activity or part of the activity, this is a good opportunity to model and/or prompt “I like potato head” or “this is fun!”. If your child begins to engage in precursors to challenging behaviors, prompt “stop” or “don’t like” or “I don’t like potato head.”
For the teens: Life skills, such as cooking, are perfect ways to practice and model core vocabulary with your child. Food/cooking presents great opportunities to use verbs and dive into great core words: “like” and “don’t like” or “go get”, “I need”, “help me”, “mix it”, “yum”, “yuck”