When the adult is focused on remaining quiet to encourage the child to talk, what does the interaction look like?
My insight: While you are at the child's level (on the floor, holding them, face to face), pay attention to what your child is interested in (what are they looking towards, what are they playing with, what is capturing their interest) and then WAIT ... WAIT for them to direct communication towards you. As soon as they do, expand on it. For example, if you are playing in the playroom and your child brings you a ball, you could say, "I'm going to
bounce the ball." The key to this interaction is responding to your child's communication. Tomorrow, I'm going to describe different ways children communicate. It's more than words. ~Marena Mitchell,
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist