As I have said many times, meals are the best time to work on speech and language skills. You already have your child's attention without much work. Additionally, meals are naturally motivating and very functional.
What You Need: Options of food for your child
How To Play: Before a meal, have a few options of food ready for your child. When you start the meal, don't give all the food all at once. Instead, offer your child two choices. Ask a question such as "what do you want to eat?" and then answer your own question with 2 options such as "chicken or fish." Show both choices to your child as you name them using simple language. Wait a few seconds for a response. If your child only points to a food, then use the "3 Strikes and You Win" technique.
Once you know the name of the food that your child wants but he or she hasn't said the word, hold it close to your mouth and say the name again. If your child still doesn't repeat the word, offer it halfway and say the name again. Wait a few seconds for a response. If your child still does not say the name of the food, give it to your child as you repeat the word one more time. To review "3 Strikes and You Win," click on the link.
In this script, the parent does not offer choices and the child does not know how to respond. This can cause frustration!
Example Script, What TO DO:
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