Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Toddler not talking?

When we're called in to see  toddler who isn't talking, many parents are surprised that we don't start to work on getting them to say words . We have talked before about there being a pyramid of priority, as below

However, for some children, about whom we may be concerned about social interaction, we will suggest a different approach. As Hanen licensed therapists we might have these 5 top goals:

1. For the child to enjoy social interaction
2. To understand and use non-verbal communication (especially gestures)
3. To pay attention to people’s faces and words
4. To help the child imitate
5. To respond to bids for Joint Attention (RJA)

These can all be done through play.


2 comments:

  1. Play is such a great way to get communication going of any sort. It pulls in most of the other 4 points you mention and just promotes understanding and connection.

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