Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ideas To Engage Your Child

     Build Language and have FUN!!!

*       Make a scrapbook of your child’s artwork, summer vacation, and schoolwork, a trip to a theme park, the beach or even a stay from Grandma’s house. Have your child pick the design for the cover of the scrapbook. Ask your child questions on how they may want the scrapbook to look like and what materials they want to use. Use anything and everything to put into the scrapbook. A souvenir bag from a theme park, an old ticket stub, a shell from the beach, a picture or your child’s drawing or writing. Add stickers or anything that your child wants to do to express him or her self. Be creative.

*       For the little ones summer is an excellent time to put a table outside, add a water hose, a child in a bathing suit, and some shaving cream. It’s amazing what fun children have with this activity. Join in the fun and don’t forget to take pictures.

*       Assemble a group of familiar objects. Ask your child to tell you what the objects are. Have your child match them by holding up a realistic picture of the object, a picture communication symbol, the word from a flash card or by signing.

*       Take photographs of each step of an activity. Sequencing these pictures can help your child understand the link between events. Sequencing also helps a child understand everyday activities, games, and scheduling. 

*       With your child’s help, make a portfolio of his/her schoolwork through out the year. At the end of the school year you will have a personalized yearbook of all your child’s activities and those special school day moments your family can look back on for years to come. Be sure to keep these within reach of your child. All of these pictures or objects can be used for communication as well as for remembering special moments.