- Give your child a push toy such as a “Toddler Taxi” or a “Shopping Cart.”
- Take your child for a walk through the yard and allow her to hold your finger during the walk. Talk about all the things you are seeing during the walk and try to get down to your child’s “eye level” when talking about all the “wonders” you are able to see. Ask your child upbeat questions and then see if then answer the questions (i.e., is that a flower?)
- Stand behind your child and encourage stair creeping.
- Sit in front of your child and toss a small ball 2-3 feet into the air, encouraging him to do the same.
- Stand just out of reach and encourage your child to stand up without your assistance.
- Give your child cardboard books and practice turning pages.
- Encourage container play using a variety of containers with slots or small openings. Use milk cartons or coffee cans with slot cut on top. Do not use objects small enough to choke on.
- Encourage ALL verbalization by requiring your child to make attempts at words for things such as drink, cup, favorite toy.
- Encourage independent cup use.
- Talk out loud with lively voice inflections about what you are doing, seeing or hearing, i.e., “Is that a train?’
- Encourage independent in feeding, but give assistance as needed. Practice removing “pull off” clothing (i.e., socks, mitten, hats and shoes).
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