• Hierarchy of Responses

    Gestures
        arms are extended in an upward fashion when wanting to be picked up
     
    Guttural Responses or Part Words
          a guttural response such as "uh" for "up", and "banan" or "nana" for "banana"
     
    Single Word Response
         "up" for "Pick me up!"
         "More!" for "I want more juice!"...or "Sing the song again!"
        
    Phrases
         "More juice!" for "I want more juice!"
     
    Complete Thoughts or Whole Sentences
         More juice, please!"..."Juice, me!"...May I have juice?"...etc.
     
    Questions
         "More juice?"..."can I juice?" for "Can I have juice?"..."May I have juice?"...etc.
     
    Social Pleasantries
         "More juice, please?"..."Can I have juice, please?"...etc.
     
    Determine where your child is presently and work on climbing to the next rung of the hierarchical ladder through the communicative temptation that follow and other language stimulation techniques.
     
    Communicative Temptations
     
    • Eat a desired food item in from of your child without offering any to the child.
    • Offer a desired food item to children during snack as they ask for it in turn.
    • Give the child four blocks to drop in a box, one at a time (or use some other action that the child will repeat, such as stacking the blocks, or dropping blocks on the floor), then immediately give the child a small animal figure to drop in the box.
    • Look through a few books with the child.
    • Initiate a familiar and unfamiliar social game with the child until the child expresses pleasure, then stop the game and wait.
    • Open a jar of bubbles, blow bubbles, then close the jar tightly.  Hand the child the closed jar and wait or cue the child to ask for help or to ask for the jar to be opened.
    • Begin to read a book or sing a fingerplay, but stop mid-sentence once interest has been gained.  Wait until the child request further action.
    • Hold a food item or a toy that the individual dislikes out near the them to offer it and wait for some form of negation - "no!" or "uhuh"
    • Place a desired food item or toy in a clear container that the child cannot open independently while the child is watching.  Put the container in front of the child and wait for a response or request for help.
     
    Adapted from Wetherby & Prutting, 1985