Activities to try to achieve this target...
- SD is aware of her surroundings and will sometimes reply to questions with a 'mmm' and nodding her head when she agrees or wants something. Therefore, we would like to encourage this further to develop her understanding of spoken language.
- Use something initially that SD is motivated by i.e. her chicken or cheese. Use simple words and sentences with SD to support clear communication i.e. 'SD do you want chicken?'.
- Start with using her name in order to gain her attention and then use slow, clear words that are supported by the use of the object that links to it i.e. showing her the box of chicken. You can move on to using a picture/symbol of chicken when you feel she has understood. Give SD lots of praise once she has answered vocally and moved towards you for the chicken, rewarding her by letting her eat it!
- Use other items that SD is motivated by i.e. light toys or mirrors.
- Move onto encouraging SD to follow a simple instruction i.e. SD get your socks/slippers. This would be helpful if it was part of a daily routine where SD recognises something that always happens i.e. putting her socks/slippers on.
- Use clear short sentences with SD, model the task with her, using the same language as you model the task.
- As SD gets used to completing this task every day, lessen the modelling and allow SD to move independently, being prompted by the use of your voice (as well as objects/symbols).