Some children may have difficulty turning their head, making eye contact, or reaching out for objects. Don’t let it stop you playing and making eye contact whenever you can, you’ll soon learn the signs that your child is trying to communicate with you.
- Talk to your child all the time. Give them choices, choose a toy or not. Read their body or eye movements.
- Touch is how infants know they are loved. It literally sends signals to the brain telling it to grow. What a great excuse for lots of cuddles!
- Children are not little adults. They process information slower than we do. Make sure you give a child sufficient time to take in what is being communicated.
- Picture cards, eye pointing using a computer can all be used to help a child communicate.
“If a child has a lot to say but can’t say it, we find ways to help them communicate. It could be finding ways for their body to be still; with greater head control a child can learn to choose with their eyes. Or, we can show them how to smile or move an arm as a way of showing preference.” Claire McMillan, Speech and Language Therapist.