Activities to try to achieve this target...
- OT will follow instructions such as 'up, down, in and out' using his hands as part of a game and seems to understand simple words such as 'row your boat'. Therefore, we would like to encourage this further to develop his understanding of spoken language.
- Use something initially that OT is motivated by i.e. ball, mirror, spinning toy, tablet. Use simple words and sentences with OT to support clear communication i.e. 'O do you want ball?'.
- Start with using his name in order to gain his attention and then use slow, clear words that are supported by the use of the object that links to it i.e. showing him the box/bag where the ball is kept. You can move on to using a picture/symbol of ball when you feel he has understood the object. Give OT lots of praise once he has answered either by nodding, reaching his hand out or moved towards you for the ball, rewarding him by letting him play with the item.
- Use other items that OT is motivated by i.e. light toys or tablet.
- Move onto encouraging OT to follow a simple instruction i.e. 'O get the tablet'. This would be helpful if it was part of a daily routine where OT recognises something that always happens i.e. using the tablet after dinner time etc.
- Use clear short sentences with OT, model the task with him, using the same language as you model the task.
- As OT gets used to completing this task every day, lessen the modelling and allow OT to move independently, being prompted by the use of your voice alone (as well as objects/symbols).