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2. Embed opportunities for communication throughout the day

What to do

  • Identify the child's preferred communication method(s)
  • Work toward the child's understanding that a partner is needed in order to communicate
  • Provide opportunities with a partner for turn-taking
  • Expect, wait for and acknowledge any and all child responses (watch video Actions Speak Louder than Words from minutes 7:34-9:50)
  • Put meaning to the child's actions and provide vocabulary for it
  • Use consistent repetitive language (may be spoken, signed or both)
  • Provide opportunities for children to make choices
  • Use communication for a variety of purposes (make comments, ask questions, express feelings, give instructions)

Things to consider

  • Have you identified the child's preferred method(s) of receiving information (receptive communication)?
  • Have you identified the child's preferred method(s) of communicating with others (expressive communication)?
  • Are all communication partners using the same cues during routines and activities?
  • Are all communication partners using the child's preferred communication method(s)?
  • Are you communicating about things that are of interest to the child?
  • Are you following the child's pace?
  • Are you allowing enough wait time for the child to process, move body, respond and initiate?

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