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Mar 30, 2020

When you rchild uses an animal sound or car sound, they’re expressing a meaning. You understand what they’re talking about. That’s communication.

Take advantage of your child’s natural interests to engage them in communication opportunities. They’ll participate more often and for longer periods of time...

Mar 29, 2020

Put your thumb and fingers together to mime an eating movement. Use lots of modeling before you start to expect your child to use the gesture.

Today’s activity: Model “eat” when you are opening the fridge or cupboard to get food. Hold up the food and say, “eat.” Give them the food and say “eat.”


Mar 28, 2020

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“High five” is a great example of how we shape a new gesture. People naturally make the offer and then wait. Always give your child a chance to make a response on their own. If they don’t respond, then give them a little help to show them what to do.


Mar 27, 2020

This gesture is made with both arms, hands up and out to the side. You can include a shoulder shrug. This was introduced in earlier activities when you ask, “Where is…?” You look around and use this gesture as you ask the question.

Today’s activity: Model frequently as you search for something. “Where did it...

Mar 26, 2020

Hold your flat hand palm up and toward your child. Say the word “wait” as you make the gesture. Model the gesture frequently. Pause or do one short thing and then do something with your child.

Your child’s understanding of this gesture comes in handy when your child is older. Help them get used to the idea that...