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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!