Let Your Child Lead When Planning for Play

baby-17357_640When planning for play, let your child take the lead. Look at her interests and introduce a play scenario that you know she will find interesting. Expect that she may deviate from the plan and follow her lead as she explores new ways of interaction.  Remember that a child’s attention span will lengthen as she grows.

Encourage her attempts at communication by talking about your play. Give her time to respond. Talk back to her in a conversational style. Include appropriate hand motions, animal noises, actions and facial expressions to help her understand what you are saying as well as to give her an alternate means to communicate back to you the same information.


Rose Godfrey

Rose Godfrey

Rose Godfrey is a speech pathologist, writer, world traveler, and mom of 12.She earned her Masters Degree from California State University, Chico. Rose is licensed as a speech pathologist in several states and she holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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