In the video, I am working with this child on several of his goals. I am working on gaining joint attention. This happens when the child is engaged interacting with the adult or another child. In this case, I am following his interest to gain his attention and engagement. He absolutely loves play dough. I label and describe different features of the activity. The more joint-attention-activity games you play with the child, the more he will start to initiate play and attempt to include you in the play activity. Any attempt on the part of the child is an opportunity to use words to describe and label the actions of the play.
In this video you will see this child learning to take turns, attempt to say "ball" and "snake", follow directions "give me five", make eye contact, and imitating what I do. This child was not able to do any of this just 2 months ago, but with weekly sessions and parent follow through, he is on the way to full engagement and talking. It's exciting!
Norma Honeycutt, Infant Toddler Family Specialist