They are constantly exploring their world. When we try to get their attention to talk about our own ideas, we are taking them away from their interests. They may even be confused if they are thinking about one idea, and getting communication about a different one!
Suppose a mom and her baby are playing with a shape sorter. The mom wants to talk about the color and shape of the block the child is holding, but the child might be fascinated by dropping it and picking it up.
Read about these situations and choose a parent response that follows the child's lead.
Baby touches wet high chair tray after it is wiped off.
Feedback: In b, Mother showed the baby that she shared the idea, and then talked directly about feeling the tray.
This eight-month-old baby is playing with a toy and she pushes the swing while vocalizing.
How does her mother respond?
Feedback: If you picked "d," you are correct. This mom did a nice job of looking at what her daughter looks at (joint attention) and talking about her baby's interest. It is as simple as that.
.. Imagine a little boy who is hard of hearing playing with a playhouse.
How can his parent respond?
Feedback: Did you pick "e"? Good - that is correct. Mom can use his idea and his words. It is like a volleyball game as they comment back and forth. Nice turn taking happens when an adult follows his lead.