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!
In the picture above, the mom wants to talk about the color and shape, but the child might be fascinated by dropping the block 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.
In this next example, you will see a two-year-old who has bilateral hearing loss. He is playing with a playhouse. Notice how he makes comments about what he is seeing.
How does his mother respond?
Feedback: Did you pick "e"? Good - that is correct. Mom uses his idea and his words. She stretches his idea a little (kitty…yes that's a kitty). This looks like a volleyball game as they comment back and forth. They have nice turn taking because mom is following his lead.