Performing for an audience of one.

Duluth Harbor this morning.
Duluth Harbor this morning.

Playtime has become a serious business around the Rudisill household.

Turns out the key to early intervention (for language in a toddler, at least) is getting on their level. I mean that very literally.

Always with those blasted rings. (Those stackers went on a brief vacation not long after this photo was taken.)
Always with those blasted rings. (Those stackers went on a brief leave-of-absence not long after this photo was taken.)

According to our speech therapist (whom we’ll call ST for short, because I’m already bored of typing ‘speech therapist’ and it’s only been a couple weeks), our first assignment was to focus on interactive play, specifically turn-taking.

Easy enough, right? Well, yeah, but then you think about how many possible applications that leads to. Wooden building blocks? Check. Legos? Check. Shape-sorter? Check. Stacking MagnaTiles? Check. Stacking anything else that can possibly be stacked? Double-check.

It's exhausting, all that play. We have to take breaks.
It’s exhausting, all that play. We have to take breaks.

And after scouring the internet for more information (not really – we had some generous help finding sources. Hi, Jen!), we picked up a couple of guiding tenets. First, the worst thing you can do to a kid who’s working on language skills is to let him do his own thing, or zone out, or play on his own too long.

Future mechanic? No doubt.
Future mechanic? No doubt. (This doesn’t count as zoning out, by the way – this was just a pause on our way to stacking more stuff!)

Second, we learned that you do pretty much whatever it takes to get the kid to interact with you. That’s where today’s post comes in.

(Tents are also magic, it turns out!)
(Tents also are magic, it turns out!)

Singing.

Specifically, me singing.

If that what it takes to get this kid to look at me and smile, and even sometimes imitate my words, so be it. Walk by our house any hour of the day and you’re likely to hear a couple thousand renditions of the Thomas and Friends theme song, or Nolan’s current favorite, the Kookaburra song.

Loves him some Thomas, mainly because the episodes are short, the trains make noise, and the theme song is good.
Loves him some Thomas.

I’m singing more these days than I did in all my years with the church choir!

Maybe you’ve noticed — our more recent photos actually show Little Man looking directly at the camera. This is why.

So saying all that to say, sorry if the picture quality has slipped lately. I’m simultaneously on stage!

Happy Tuesday, everybody!
Happy Tuesday, everybody!

One thought on “Performing for an audience of one.

  1. I love it! So true, when I was doing early intervention, I think I forgot how to sit on furniture because I was always on the floor! I also have a post on 5 reasons to sing while you play and lots of song ideas to go with food activities on my blog learntolovefood.com. I’d love to hear what you think, if you get a chance to check them out! Sounds like you’re doing a great job with speech activities at home and seeing progress!

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