J has been progressing well with his pecs and Makaton. We are now at the stage where he has to discriminate between symbols. Basically he has to make a choice of what he wants and give me the symbol. Then he has to correctly reach for that item. It’s seems a bit like doubling the workload for him but it’s actually helping to make sure his communication is meaningful and what he actually wants!
- Hold out two toys and ask which they would like. They may point or take one from you. You can they use the word for them (“you want to ball”).
- Give child two toys to hold, then hold out two more. Ideally, they will decide which toy to drop and which one to replace it with. By having the other hand full it will stop them from instinctively taking both choices.
- Use pictures. They don’t have to be official symbols-a photo or hand drawn picture will work. They can point to a choice and you can then give them the ‘word’. E.g.: fruit choices for snack.
- Give multiple options during play. E.g. When colouring hold out a few pencils and and the colours, asking which they would like. When playing with garage/car set name different vehicles they can have such as car, van, fire engine so they have the vocabulary.
J is having mixed success. He often sees two pictures and then wants both the items…especially when food based! But considering he isn’t even 2 yet, we’ll excuse him for now, haha.
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