Tips while modeling
- Keep the device at your child’s eye level while you are using it. This helps him learn the vocabulary, its symbol, location and navigation.
- No matter what your child selects on the device, RESPOND. Provide natural consequences to whatever your child says, even if it seems like a mistake. Example:
Parent: I’m cooking potatoes for dinner.
Parent: It’s not TV time yet. We can watch TV after dinner.
After your child says something, expand on it. Determine your child’s current language abilities and model one or two words beyond that level. If the child says “cookies”, model “want cookies”, “I want cookies” and so on.
Use props such as finger puppets and pencil toppers to capture your child’s interest initially, while pointing to the pictures.