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How to Tune In!
Search for subtle non-verbal signs of communication
Sometimes the sociable children who are reaching, pointing,asking, telling, and jumping right in to anything that is going on arethe children who receive the most interactions from the teacher andpeers, because the social child spends most of his day initiatingand responding.
Unfortunately, the quiet children who are reluctant to communicatein a more obvious manner may be considered a “well behavedchild”. The child who has his own agenda may keep himself occupied. The passive child has minimal interest in interaction sodoes not initiate or respond. Unfortunately, these children willengage in fewer interactions with teachers and peers. Thisnegatively impacts social skills, play, language, and confidence.
For example: A shy child stands holding her teddy bear. She islooking at you and smiling. This non-verbal communication is her way to invite you to an interaction with her.
Wait for the child to initiate or respond
Avoid jumping into a verbal interaction right off the start – but – be ready and interested!
Learning to initiate an interaction is akey part of effective communication. If you are hoping for a child tointeract with you, stay near the child and count to 10 or 20 seconds.Wait for the child to look at you, smile at you, hold out a toy, or usewords to communicate with you. Then enthusiastically respond sothe child learns that initiating feels good. Another trick to start aninteraction is to copy what the child is doing, such as banging twoblocks together or rocking a baby.
Give the child time to explore
Give the child more time to respond.
When you ask a question,make a statement, or request information from a child, give himplenty of time to consider the question and formulate the answer in
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