Routines that spark interaction

You can structure your daily routines to elicit responses from your child and in the process, build vocabulary and learn the basic rules of interaction, specifically:

  • Respond when another person initiates
  • Take a turn at the appropriate time
  • Give the other person a chance to take a turn

Choose an activity that stays the same from day-to-day, for example washing hands before snack or getting in the car seat. Build in a time for your child to take a turn and some kind of signal so she knows it’s her turn. You’ll be pleased to see her respond with less prompting and even start to anticipate her turn.

  • Make it fun
  • Use simple songs to establish a pattern
  • Start and end the routine the same way
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat.