Activities to try to achieve this target...
- Sing a song or choose a story massage song and use physical actions/body tapping to engage HC's interest. Wait for HC to smile or 'talk' and show enjoyment listening to the song, and then pause at an appropriate point in the song i.e. this can be at a dramatic point! Wait for HC to give some sort of response that shows he wants the song to continue or for you to interact with him again. This could be a smile, laughing or moving his body parts i.e. arms or kicking his legs.
- Use the same technique as above but in a game such as knocking down a tower. Build a tower of bricks and then count to 3 or say 'ready, steady....' and pause on 2/steady, until HC gives you a sign that he wants you to keep going. When he gives you the signal, knock the tower down together and laugh, giving him lots of praise.
- When reading a story to HC, use a story that has repetitive parts i.e. 'We're going on a bear hunt'. When reading the story, pause at a certain point i.e. the 'uh oh!' part or just before the descriptive 'swishy swishy' parts and wait to see if HC wants you to continue and gives you a signal to do so. Reward when he does by continuing the story and using lots of praise.